Demonstrative Schiavone into French Open last eight

PARIS (Reuters) - Experienced Italian Francesca Schiavone reached the quarter-finals of the French Open for the first time in nine years when she beat Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-4 6-4 on Sunday.

On a chilly Parisian morning, the 17th-seeded Schiavone, who featured in the claycourt grand slam last eight in 2001, was made to work by Kirilenko who knocked out defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the previous round.

The demonstrative Schiavone, who raised her arms in the air after a cunning lob and applauded a fine Kirilenko volley, ended the contest on her opponent's serve after one hour and 51 minutes.

She will next face Fed Cup team mate Flavia Pennetta, the 14th seed, or world number three Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Martyn Herman)