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Sara Errani overcame strong resistance from Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain before rallying to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the French Open quarterfinals on Sunday.
The fifth-seeded Italian, who lost last year's final to Maria Sharapova, took a medical timeout near the end of the first set after clutching over in pain and holding her stomach. After a few minutes of treatment, she was able to resume playing.
Errani screamed in delight after closing out a contest lasting 2 hours, 29 minutes on her second match point with a backhand drop shot.
''For me to be in quarterfinals is unbelievable,'' Errani said on court Suzanne Lenglen. ''She's an amazing player and it's always tough to play against her. I'm very happy to have won.''
She improved to 6-3 overall against the 20th-seeded Suarez Navarro, who reached the last eight on debut at Roland Garros in 2008.
Errani will next play fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or 14th-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. They play later Sunday.
At deuce in the 11th game, Errani doubled up several times and held her stomach before sitting on a chair as a doctor and a physical trainer came onto the court.
Taking the timeout, she lay on her back with towels draped over her thighs as the physio worked on her stomach and the area near her sternum.
She got back to her feet but was broken for the second time, and Suarez Navarro clinched the first set on serve with a backhand winner down the line.
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Fifth-seeded Sara Errani outlasted Carla Suarez Navarro to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday and reach the French Open quarterfinals.
The Italian, who lost last year's final against Maria Sharapova, had to take a medical timeout near the end of the first set after doubling over in pain and holding her stomach.
After a few minutes of treatment, the 26-year-old resumed playing but...
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