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The lone survivor
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On the day that top seed Caroline Wozniacki was sent crashing out of the tournament, the only French woman remaining in the draw also had a tussle on her hands in the form of no.17 seed Julia Goerges. Marion Bartoli, who last week reached her first clay court final in Strasbourg before being forced to retire injured, fought back from a set down to scoop a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory but was made to work for it. Goerges - winner of the recent clay tournament in Stuttgart - took the first set with relative ease but Bartoli regained form in the second to race to a 5-2 lead, the very moment when a trainer walked on court to treat something that had worked its way into the German's eye. As the wind whipped up the red clay, Bartoli huddled under a towel to keep warm, but the minor delay did little to dent her concentration and she took the set on the very next game and went on to close out the match.

Interestingly, Georges hit far more winners - 48 to Bartoli's 14 - but it was the German's unforced error count that contributed towards her undoing with 30 mistakes compared to her rival's 17. On reaching the fourth round, Geneva-based Bartoli has equalled her best result here. "Julia Goerges, a seeded player, in the third round, this is a difficult round," said Bartoli after the match. "She played so well on clay, and with what she won in Stuttgart and the semis in Madrid, so she was really fit on this type of surface. But for me to reach this level is something good to start with. Of course I don't want to stop here. I'll continue. I'll try and practice the same type of tennis and have the same attitude on the court."

Meanwhile, over on Court 7, no.14 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenko also came back from a set down to defeat Spanish qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and set up a round of 16 clash with fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, after the no.3 seed sealed a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Anastasia Rodionova. Elsewhere, the remaining seeds were barely troubled. Jelena Jankovic (no.10), who is defending 900 ranking points after making the semi-final here last year, eased past an erratic Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2, while Svetlana Kuznetsova (no.13) wrapped up her match against Canada's Rebecca Marino 6-0, 6-4 in 49 minutes.

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