Kirilenko beats Mattek-Sands for 1st French QF

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 03, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Dinara Safina of Russia plaus a forehand in her fourth round match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Russia's Maria Kirilenko reached her first French Open quarterfinal by ending the surprising run of 67th-ranked American Bethanie Mattek-Sands with a 7-5, 6-4 victory Monday. The 12th-seeded Kirilenko lost in the fourth round at Roland Garros in 2010 and 2011. She trailed 4-1 at the start against Mattek-Sands, who stunned 2011 French Open champion Li Na in the second round. But Mattek-Sands' lead began slipping away, and while ahead 5-4, she asked for medical attention. From there, Kirilenko won four games in a row. Kirilenko, who is engaged to two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, also was visited by a trainer, getting a massage on her right shoulder in the second set. Kirilenko held on, though, and faces two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka next.
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