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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mauresmo Stunned by Italian

ReutersFrance's Amelie Mauresmo hitting a return against Italy's Francesca Schiavone at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday.
Second seed Amelie Mauresmo was dumped from the Kremlin Cup in the second round by unseeded Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday, joining several other high-profile players on the sidelines of the $2.3 million tournament.

"Today was one of those days when everything goes wrong," Mauresmo said.

"I tried to approach the net but it didn't work. I tried to play from the baseline -- it was no better," added the Frenchwoman, who committed 33 unforced errors.

"My attempts to play rallies didn't work either."

After breaking Mauresmo in the opening game and then going up 2-1, Schiavone won the next nine games before the world No. 4 finally got on the scoreboard once again.

But there was no turning back for the seasoned Italian, who quickly wrapped up the match in the next game with an ace in just 61 minutes.

"I was very focused, very motivated today and managed to impose my tactics on her," said Schiavone, whose biggest wins to date had been reaching three finals at smaller tournaments. "I just did everything a little better than her."

Schiavone now takes on Svetlana Kuznetsova in Friday's quarterfinals after the 2004 U.S. Open champion overcame fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Russian women will have a strong presence on Friday, with six out of eight quarterfinalists representing the home nation. Sixth-seeded Anastasia Myskina, who is gunning for a Kremlin Cup hat trick this year after winning back-to-back titles here, beat unseeded Czech Kveta Peschke 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 and will face her Fed Cup teammate Yelena Dementyeva after the fourth seed crushed 16-year-old Bulgarian Sesil Karatancheva 6-0, 6-1.

Dinara Safina booked a meeting with Maria Sharapova, who scraped through the second round because her German opponent retired injured, after outlasting Australian qualifier Samantha Stosur 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Third-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny, the highest seed left in the men's draw, saw off 93rd-ranked American Paul Goldstein 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal clash with compatriot Dmitry Tursunov, a 6-1, 7-6 winner over eighth-seeded Italian Filippo Volandri.