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Radwanska out; Sharapova, Stephens win
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Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning her match against Ayumi Morita of Japan.
June 1, 2012, 12:06 pm

Two days after eliminating Venus Williams from the French Open, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was routed Friday in the third round.

The 23-year-old Pole lost to 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-2, and didn't look anything like the player who overwhelmed seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams in straight sets on Wednesday.

"She was just playing very aggressive on both sides," Radwanska said of Kuznetsova. "She just had (an) answer for everything I was trying to do."

Maria Sharapova also won, reaching the third round with another easy victory, while 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic was eliminated.

Radwanska has been having a stellar year on tour, winning three titles and moving up to a career-high No. 3 ranking last month. But she is the only player in the top 10 who has never reached a Grand Slam semifinal.

"It's always disappointing when losing in the first week of a Grand Slam, that's for sure," Radwanska said. "Today I didn't play bad, she was just playing unbelievable."

Before Friday's match, Radwanska had been 38-7 in 2012, with six of those losses coming against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka.

Kuznetsova, who also won the U.S. Open in 2004, has struggled since winning the title at Roland Garros three years ago, only reaching one Grand Slam quarterfinal.

"I try to play more forehands. I try to dictate. I play more speed," Kuznetsova said of her play Friday. "This is the game I was playing when I won U.S. Open and I won the French Open."

In the second round, Sharapova advanced with another straight-forward, straight-set victory.

Three days after scoring a "double bagel" in the first round, the second-seeded Sharapova defeated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 6-1.

"I really wanted to try to get her on the move. I thought I played well, aggressive, moved in when I had to," Sharapova said. "With every round I'm going to be playing tougher opponents, and that's when you really want to kind of step it up and raise your level. That's what I'll try to do in the next round."

Sharapova has won three major titles in her career, but she still needs to win at Roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam.

Last year, she lost in the semifinals at the French Open.

Also in the third round, 13th-seeded Ivanovic lost to Sara Errani of Italy 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The former top-ranked player committed 37 of her 40 unforced errors in the final two sets. Errani had only 18.

"In the third set I was creating a lot of opportunities and missing a lot of easy, easy finishing balls," Ivanovic said. "That's something that I'm not really happy about."

For Errani, it was only the second time in 39 matches that she has beaten a player ranked in the top 15.

No. 6 Sam Stosur, the 2010 runner-up, advanced as well.

American teen Sloane Stephens also advanced to the fourth round, beating Mathilde Johansson of France 6-3, 6-2. Of the eight teenagers in this year's draw, the 19-year-old Stephens was the only one to even reach the third round.

"I'm excited because now I'm going to have more Twitter followers," Stephens said.

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