French Open: 2020 winner Swiatek advances, Medvedev cruises in straight units

World primary Iga Swiatek was the one high 10 seed left standing on the French Open on Saturday after racking up her thirty first straight win as third seed Paula Badosa and seventh-ranked Aryna Sabalenka crashed out.

Swiatek, the 2020 champion, dropped serve thrice towards Ninety fifth-ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro earlier than sealing a 6-3, 7-5 third spherical victory.

“I needed to play actually aggressively however typically I felt I used to be hitting with an excessive amount of energy and it was laborious to regulate,” stated the 20-year-old Pole.

Swiatek’s successful streak is the perfect since Serena Williams’s 34 successive victories in 2013.

She subsequent faces Chinese language teenager Zheng Qinwen who made the final 16 on her debut when French veteran Alize Cornet, taking part in in her 61st consecutive Grand Slam, retired with a leg damage, trailing 6-0, 3-0 after simply 44 minutes.

Having shocked 2018 champion Simona Halep within the second spherical, Zheng turns into solely the fourth Chinese language lady to make the fourth spherical in Paris the place compatriot Li Na received her landmark Slam title in 2011.

“I all the time knew I had the extent to do nicely, now I simply need to maintain going,” stated the 19-year-old Zheng, ranked at 74.

Cornet, the final Frenchwoman within the draw, was booed by a bit of the Courtroom Philippe Chatrier.

“It harm greater than my damage,” she stated.

Spain’s Badosa, who made the quarter-finals in 2021, retired from her final 32 match resulting from a calf damage when she was trailing Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova 6-3, 2-1.

Sabalenka, the seventh seed, slipped to a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 defeat towards Italy’s Camila Giorgi who’s into the fourth spherical for the primary time.

The exits of Badosa and Sabalenka imply that for the primary time within the Open period just one high 10 seed has survived to the fourth spherical.

‘Actually laborious’

In stark distinction, 9 of the highest 10 males are nonetheless in rivalry.

World quantity two Daniil Medvedev eased by way of by defeating Serbian twenty eighth seed Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Medvedev has not dropped a set in three rounds and can subsequent play former US Open champion Marin Cilic who ended 37-year-old Gilles Simon’s 17-year-old Roland Garros profession with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 win.

Cilic, who made back-to-back quarter-finals in 2017 and 2018, hit 42 winners.

Medvedev fell within the opening spherical on his first 4 journeys to Paris earlier than reaching the quarter-finals a yr in the past.

“It was actually laborious, everybody was asking how I could possibly be quantity two on the planet with out getting previous the primary spherical,” stated the US Open champion who has but to win a clay title.

Fourth seed and 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas wanted simply 92 minutes to clinch a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Ninety fifth-ranked Mikael Ymer.

Greek star Tsitsipas needed to come again from two units right down to beat Lorenzo Musetti after which wanted 4 hours and 4 units to see off 134th-ranked qualifier Zdenek Kolar in his first two outings.

Eleven set factors

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old was by no means troubled on Saturday, breaking his Swedish opponent six occasions on his technique to a fourth spherical conflict towards Danish teenager Holger Rune or Hugo Gaston, the final French participant within the event.

“It was completely different from my first two matches. The situations have been hotter and drier, which suited me higher,” stated Tsitsipas after a season-leading thirty fourth win in 2022.

Eighth-seeded Casper Ruud turned the primary Norwegian man to achieve the final 16 with a 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.

Ruud hit 39 winners and goes on to face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a Wimbledon semi-finalist final yr who can be within the final 16 in Paris for the primary time.

Mackenzie McDonald, the Sixtieth-ranked American, slipped to defeat towards Italian eleventh seed Jannik Sinner after managing to squander 11 set factors within the second set.

Sinner, a quarter-finalist in 2020, triumphed 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 and can face seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev for a last-eight spot.

Rublev, additionally a quarter-finalist two years in the past, defeated Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (13/11).

(AFP)

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