American Stephens, Gauff, Anismova Move Into French Open 4R; Swiatek Back Sat.

by Staff | May 27th, 2022, 6:33 pm
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It was a big day for American women at the French Open as all three in action advanced to the final 16.

Former finalist Sloane Stephens rolled past Frenchwoman Diane Parry 6-2, 6-3. It’s her eighth week two appearance in Paris.

“I grew up in south Florida, playing on green clay, which is totally different,” said Stephens.

“I’ve always loved playing on it, in juniors here I did pretty well and I just feel in love with it. I’ve always had good results here and that’s probably why it’s one of my favorite tournaments.”

Jill Teichmann will now face Stephens. The Swiss outlasted former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the match of the 4-6, 7-5, 7-6[10-5]. Teichmann was down a break in the second and third sets as Azarenka failed to serve it out at 5-4 in the decider.

Coco Gauff steamrolled giant-killer Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-4.

“I knew today going in was going to be a tough match. She beat Muguruza first round. She’s a tough player before and I played her before in the past and we had a close two-set match – I knew today was going to be close,” said Gauff.

“I’ve been coming to France since I was 10 years old, so I think that helped me, I was training a lot at Mouratoglou Academy when I was younger, and even now, so I guess that makes me a clay-court – I don’t want to say specialist, but I’m good at it.”

and Amanda Anismova got a 6-7(7), 6-2, 3-0 retirement from Karolina Muchova who had turned her ankle in the second set. After fighting to stay in, Muchova, who has struggled so much with injury, couldn’t go any more.

Gauff will now face Elise Mertens while Anismova meets Leylah Fernandez who came from a break down in the third to deny Belinda Bencic 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Angelique Kerber exited at the hands of Aliaksandra Sasnovich. She’ll now face Italian Martina Trevisan for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Tomorrow, Iga Swiatek puts her 30-match win streak on the line against Danke Kovinic. Former semifinalist Madison Keys and Elena Rybakina collide for a first time. Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa are also in action.

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