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Sharapova, Henin-Hardenne Advance at French Open


Four Russian women have advanced to the final-16 at the French Open tennis tournament outside Paris, but three French women crashed out of their third-round matches.

Number-13 Natalie Dechy of France fell to Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 7-6, 6-3, while her 17th-seeded compatriot Tatiana Golovin lost to number-12 Russian Elena Bovina, 6-3, 7-5. Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland beat Emile Loit of France in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-3).

In addition to Bovina, Russian players Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova moved into the fourth round.

The second-seeded Sharapova defeated countrywoman Anna Chakvetadze 6-1, 6-4. Kuznetsova, the U.S. Open champion, topped American Marissa Irvin in three-sets (6-1, 2-6, 6-0). Petrova dominated Shahar Peer of Israel, 6-3, 6-1.

Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne reached the round of 16 with a three-set win over Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain (4-6, 6-2, 6-3).

In men's action, 12th-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia defeated German Tommy Haas in straight sets (7-5, 6-0, 6-0). Tommy Robredo of Spain beat countryman David Anchez (6-4, 6-3, 6-1).

Jose Acasuso of Argentina advanced when number-27 Filippo Volandri of Italy retired from their match with Acasuso ahead 3-0 in the opening set. Another Argentine, Mariano Puerta, beat Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets (1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4).

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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