PARIS(AP) Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has been upset in the third round of the French Open by 30th-seeded Maria Kirilenko.
Kirilenko edged the sixth-seeded Kuznetsova 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in an all-Russian match Friday to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time.
Kuznetsova narrowly averted a loss in the previous round, when she saved four match points. She delayed her departure briefly Friday, too, saving two match points before Kirilenko converted her third when Kuznetsova pushed a backhand wide.
The loss means Kuznetsova will drop out of the top 10 in the rankings for the first time in more than four years.