Top 3 women gone from French Open before quarters

May 29, 2011 - 4:30 PM
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Vera Zvonareva of Russia leaves the court after losing her fourth round match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) — With No. 3 Vera Zvonareva losing in the fourth round, following earlier exits by No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Kim Clijsters, this is the first time in the Open era that none of the top three seeded women is in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

It's only the third time it's happened at any Grand Slam since 1968, when professional players began entering major tournaments. The others were Wimbledon in 2008 and the Australian Open in 1997.

There are some familiar faces still around, though, including the past two French Open champions, Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Both won Sunday, after Zvonareva dropped the last five games of a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 loss to 14th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.