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Stosur falls in Paris

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

PARIS- Samantha Stosur gave tournament favourite Maria Sharapova an almighty scare before bowing out of the French Open with a three-set defeat in the fourth round.

The Australian 19th seed blew a one-set lead as the Russian prevailed 3-6 6-4 6-0 in an epic Roland Garros encounter lasting just over two hours on Sunday.

Stosur missed an opportunity to capitalise on a wide-open women's draw after the top three seeds failed to reach the last 16.

However, she will take some encouragement at reaching the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in two years.

The 30-year-old had won only two of 15 previous encounters with Sharapova.

Stosur edged ahead when she converted a fourth break point to take a 4-3 lead.

She fought hard to hold serve before breaking again in 48 minutes when Sharapova double faulted.

The Russian took a 2-0 lead.

But Stosur held serve then broke back when Sharapova double faulted again.

Stosur kept her nose in front and looked a strong chance of victory at 4-3 up on serve.

Stosur's exit ends Australian involvement in singles at Roland Garros this year.

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