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Sharapova and Azarenka destined for quarter-finals

| 30.05.2011

With the top three seeds all eliminated, the French Open women’s singles have been blown wide open. Two of the strongest survivors, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, are both in fourth-round action on Monday…

Maria Sharapova vs Agnieszka Radwanska

There have been glimpses of the Sharapova of old at Roland Garros this month, but she hasn’t reached a Grand Slam quarter-final in two years, so is poised for a severe test from a player yet to drop a set.

Radwanska has never got further than this in Paris though and has lost five in a row against Sharapova, making it easy to see why the Russian is 1/3 favourite, but the 12th seed can take the match the distance at 11/4.

Ekaterina Makarova v Victoria Azarenka

The top remaining seed Azarenka has looked imperious so far and is an understandably emphatic 1/10 to continue her push for a first Grand Slam title against an opponent she has already beaten twice this year.

Makarova has never been beyond this stage at a major, hasn’t had a great clay-court season or been severely tested in France so should be brushed aside, with the best price the 1/4 on Azarenka winning the first set and then the match.

Li Na v Petra Kvitova

This is Monday’s only women’s clash between two of the top ten and subsequently the most open betting-wise, with lower seed Kvitova the 8/15 favourite to triumph on the strength of a victory over the Australian Open finalist in Madrid.

The Czech youngster lost just four games on that occasion and has surrendered only 14 in her three French Open outings to date, indicating that a straight-sets success is likely at the meaty price of 11/8.

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John Klee