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By Nick Georgandis

Just when you thought the women's draw at the French Open had its lone Cinderella in American Varvara Lepchenko, here comes Yaroslava Shvedova to exclaim how perhaps that lovely glass slipper fits her foot even better.

Ranked 142nd in the world entering last weekend, Shvedova stunned Roland Garros defending champion Li Na in the tournament's fourth round on Monday, completing destroying the Chinese top 10 star 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 after losing the first set.

Not bad for a player who had to win three qualifying matches, including an upset of the qualifying field's No.3 seed - American CoCo Vandeweghe - just to find a spot in the main draw.

Shvedova's strength has always been in doubles, where she's won two Grand Slam titles (the US Open and Wimbledon in 2010), and reached the finals in two more (2011 US Open and 2010 French Open for doubles).

As a singles player, she's been little more than a blip on the radar, winning exactly one tournament ever on the WTA Tour at Bangalore back in 2007.