Timea Bacsinszky? Alison Van Uytvanck? The 8 French Open Survivors

First it was defending and two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova waving goodbye on Monday at the French Open. Then it was fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova.

There are eight women left in the women's singles draw at Roland Garros. And they're not who you'd think. 

No. 1 Serena Williams


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After digging herself out of a big hole against Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams plays Sloane Stephens next.

Going into the tournament, a Serena Williams trip to the quarterfinals seemed to be a pretty safe bet. After the draw was released (Victoria Azarenka in the third round!), a sliver of doubt surfaced. After Williams dropped a set to the 105th-ranked player in the world in the second round, well ... down a set and 4-2 to Azarenka in the third round? The chances seemed slimmer and slimmer. But the 19-time Grand Slam champion is still around in the quarterfinals, thanks to three straight rallies from a set down, including another great escape against Sloane Stephens on Monday. Next up: Sara Errani

No. 17 Sara Errani


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Sara Errani has had good results at Roland Garros in the past, making it to the quarterfinals in 2014, the semis in 2013 and the final in 2012, but the 28-year-old has been sliding in the wrong direction as of late. After reaching a career-high ranking of No. 5 in 2012, Errani finished 2014 ranked 14th in the world. She was eliminated in the second round in her final two warm-ups for Paris, falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Madrid and to Christina McHale in Rome. Errani was pushed to three sets in her first two matches at Roland Garros, but cruised in her last two, including an upset of 10th-seeded Andrea Petkovic in the third round. Next up: Serena Williams

No. 23 Timea Bacsinszky


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If you looked closely enough, there may have been some signs that Timea Bacsinszky was heading for a breakthrough. The 25-year-old Swiss player won two of her three career WTA titles this year, going back-to-back in Mexico (winning the Monterrey Open and the Mexico Open), and reached a career-high ranking of No. 21 in April. Bacsinszky came into the French with a 27-6 record on the year, but she was ousted in the first round in Madrid (by Maria Sharapova) and fell in the round of 16 to a qualifier in Rome. But Bacsinszky has officially arrived after topping Madison Keys in the third round and ousting Petra Kvitova, who the title on the Madrid clay last month, on Monday. Next up: Alison Van Uytvanck

Unseeded Alison Van Uytvanck


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Who? You're not alone. Alison Van Uytvanck , a 21-year-old from Belgium ranked 93rd in the world, has never won a WTA title. Or even been to a final. If the name sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because she lost to Serena Williams 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Open this year. The 5-foot-8 right-hander is playing in her sixth straight major, but she had never made it beyond the second round until this event. And here's the crazy part: Van Uytvanck has dropped just one set on her road to the quarterfinals and has lost just nine games combined in her last two matches. Next up: Timea Bacsinszky

No. 7 Ana Ivanovic


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Yes, Ana Ivanovic won the French Open title in 2008, but the 27-year-old Serbian hadn't been beyond the fourth round in Paris since. The former No. 1 went just 2-3 in her three tournaments leading up to Paris. And her record in 2015 coming into the French Open was only 11-9. Like Serena Williams, Ivanovic, who last made it to the quarterfinals of a major at the 2014 Australian Open, has been pushed to three sets three times in Paris. Next up: Elina Svitolina

No. 19 Elina Svitolina


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Elina Svitolina, a 20-year-old Ukrainian, is in a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in her career. And she didn't give us much warning that it would be happening here. Svitolina went 2-2 in the two tournaments leading up to the French Open, but she did win the title at Marrakech last month. Svitolina reached a career-high ranking of No. 19 last month and brought a 20-10 record into the French Open. She had an emotional win over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet to advance to the quarters. Next up: Ana Ivanovic

No. 13 Lucie Safarova


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Lucie Safarova, a 28-year-old lefty from the Czech Republic, pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament to land in the quarterfinals, knocking off two-time and defending champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets on Monday. Safarova, who made a run to the Wimbledon semifinals last year, is in the French quarterfinals for the first time. Safarova is perhaps best-known for her doubles play -- she won the Australian Open title alongside American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The two are also into the quarterfinals at the French. Next up: Garbine Muguruza

No. 21 Garbine Muguruza


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After making a run to the French Open quarterfinals a year ago that included a second-round stunner of Serena, Garbine Muguruza is back. While it's not exactly out of nowhere, the 21-year-old Spaniard certainly hadn't established a winning pattern coming in. Muguruza, who is 16-9 this year and won her one WTA title in Hobart in 2014, was 3-3 in her three clay-court warm-ups heading into Paris. She knocked off 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber and 28th-seeded Flavia Pennetta to get here. Next up: Lucie Safarova

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