Sharapova wins, Schiavone out
Maria Sharapova stayed on course to win the French Open with a straight-sets demolition of Peng Shuai to reach the last 16 in Paris.
The second seed has barely been troubled in her three matches to date and has dropped just five games in the entire tournament, with a 6-0 6-0 victory over Alexandra Cadantu and a 6-1 6-1 triumph against Ayumi Morita.
And she was equally as dominant on Saturday, running out a 6-2 6-1 winner at Roland Garros.
The Russian ace will now play Czech Klara Zakopalova, who beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, for a place in the quarter-finals and looks the player to beat this time around.
There was a big-name casualty on Saturday as Francesca Schiavone crashed out to American Varvara Lepchenko.
The Italian has reached the last two French Open finals, winning the title in 2010, but she lost out in an epic match with Lepchenko, who rallied from the loss of the first set to win 3-6 6-3 8-6 in three hours.
Lepchenko will now play Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova for a place in the quarters.