Kanepi and Kvitova through to quarters

Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Petra Kvitova ended the run of Varvara Lepchenko in emphatic fashion, winning 6-2 6-1 to seal her place in the last eight of the French Open.

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However, a fourth-round appearance should be enough for Lepchenko to qualify for the US Olympic team, though, while Venus Williams is also set to earn a singles place.

The match was moved from Chatrier to Court 1 but it made no difference to Kvitova who needed exactly an hour to reach her first-ever Roland Garros quarter-final..

Kvitova, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals back in January, will now face Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova who dumped out defending champion La Na.

Meanwhile, powerful 23rd seed Kaia Kanepi saw off unseeded Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus 6-1 4-6 6-0 to set up a meeting with tournament favourite Maria Sharapova.

The Estonian, forced to rally after dropping the second set to 21-year-old Rus who is ranked 88 in the world, has not been beyond the quarter-finals at any Grand Slam tournament.

Asked whether she thinks she can beat three-time major champion Sharapova, Kanepi replied: "If I play well, of course. Why not?"


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