Svetlana Kuznetsova squandered a big lead today but still ended Serena Williams' 18-match Grand Slam winning streak by beating her 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5 in the French Open quarterfinals. Williams, seeded second, was seeking her third successive major title and the 11th of her career. The seesaw struggle was this close: Midway through the third set, each player had won 100 points.
The No. 7-seeded Kuznetsova bounced back from a messy spill that left her covered with clay. She was unhurt and play quickly resumed, but it took awhile for Kuznetsova to regain her footing. The Russian won with high-risk tennis, whacking winners into both corners and sometimes choosing angles that surprised Williams. Kuznetsova's opponent tomorrow will be Samantha Stosur of Australia.