NEW YORK – French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won in straight sets for the fourth consecutive match, beating 20th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Sunday to advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
The sixth-seeded Italian won 6-3, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2003.
Pavlyuchenkova, who needed medical attention on her right arm, was in the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time. The 19-year-old Russian had four double-faults and 29 unforced errors.
The right-handed Pavlyuchenkova said her shoulder started to hurt in Cincinnati last month, where she lost to Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. She skipped New Haven, confident the rest would have her ready for the U.S. Open.
But the arm had been bothering her the whole tournament, and it took a turn for the worse Saturday. Pavlyuchenkova said the pain had spread to her elbow. She hopes it will heal with rest.