Rybakina pulls out
Elena Rybakina was considered as one of the most serious contenders to take up the fight for the trophy in Roland Garros after her super successful start of the year, followed by the title in WTA 1000 Rome tournament, which has preceeded the fortnight in Paris. The Kazakh was really confident in her opening matches, moving through without any serious trouble and was also a confident favorite before the clash against Sara Sorribes Tormo, which was scheduled as the opening match of the day on Philippe Chartier today. It has not happened though, as Rybakina has withdrew due to the illness. The reigning Wimbledon champion has revealed during the press conference, that she caught up the infection, which caused the fever and she was not feeling well enough to take up the fight against the Spaniard today.
Haddad Maia survives the shaky battle
Sorribes Tormo will play against Beatriz Haddad Maia in 4th round. The Brazilian has reached out the top 16 stage of Grand Slam for the first time in her career after a thrilling three-setter against Ekaterina Alexandrova. After sharing two sets between both, Haddad Maia was leading 4-1 with a double break in the decisive one. The Russian fought back by winning 4 games in a row and produced a matchpoint during Haddad Maia's serve in 10th game within a score 5-4. Alexandrova did not convert it, which has applied another momentum switch during the deciding games. The 14th seed regained her advantage by breaking her opponent in 11th game and successfully served for a match a while later. Whole the match has lasted 2:51 hours and it was quite an erratic performance from both. Haddad Maia scored just 16 winners in compare to 41 unforced errors, while Alexandrova made 29 winners, but commited as many as 67 errors throughout whole the match.
6-0 6-0 for Swiatek
Iga Swiatek accelerates from one match to another in Paris. The Pole scored two confident wins so far, but showed some moments of vulnerability in opening sets of matches against Cristina Bucsa and Claire Liu. This has not happened today though, as Swiatek gave absolutely no chance to Xiyu Wang, defeating the Chinese without losing a single game today. Swiatek did not need to face any single breakpoint as well, and ended up the job after just 52 minutes.
Lesia Tsurenko is the next opponent of Swiatek. The Ukrainian has scored a surprisingly easy victory over Bianca Andreescu. The Canadian has showed up decently in the opening rounds and was a slight pre-match favorite against Tsurenko, but was playing really poor today, especially in terms of serving. The US Open 2019 champion managed to win just 1 out of 7 service games and did not take up any serious fight against well performing Tsurenko.
Gauff prevails in the clash of teenagers
Cori Gauff has defeated Mirra Andreeva 6-7(5) 6-1 6-1 in the most exciting match-up on paper out of all today's matches. Andreeva is one of the biggest sensations of the clay season, and was considered as a serious threat for Gauff, who is on a mission of defending a bunch of points from last year's final run in Roland Garros. The 16 years-old Russian has proved her papers to play for big stakes in some foreseeable future by winning the opening set in tie-break. Andreeva has dominated her opponent with very clever movements and shot placements during the decisive points of this set. It was not enough to take up the battle on the whole distance though, as Gauff has overplayed her younger opponent with a great defending and tactical composure in second and third set, giving away just 2 games till the end of the match.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova will be Gauff's opponent in the 4th round. The Slovakian performes a sensational run in this year's Roland Garros, reaching out the round of 16 as the current world's number 100. Schmiedlova has played against Kayla Day, moving through with a routine win 6-1 6-3.
Jabeur stops Danilovic
The hot streak of Olga Danilovic came to the end today, as the Serbian came up short against the Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian, who was a favorite ahead of this match, moved into 4th round with a score 4-6 6-4 6-2. Danilovic has approached the clash against 7th seed with a streak of 10 straight sets wins in a row. It got even extended to a streak of 21 sets, as Danilovic has surprisingly won the opening set. Jabeur played well under the pressure, as she was 2 games away of being eliminated, with a score 4-4 in second set. The Tunisian has dominated the play since then, forcing a decider and earned 4 breaks in the last 5 service games of her lower ranked opponent.
Bernarda Pera will play against Jabeur for the quarterfinals spot. The world's number 36 has defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-4 7-6(2) and joined Cori Gauff and Sloane Stephens as a third American to make it through the round of 16 in this year's Roland Garros.