Badosa, Sabalenka Crash Out Of French Open As Swiatek Wins; Americans On Stage Sun.

by Staff | May 28th, 2022, 9:30 pm
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Even more upsets hit the women’s draw at the French Open as No. 3 seed Paula Badosa and No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka both exited.

Badosa couldn’t even finish her match with Veronika Kudermetova due to a knee injury at 6-3, 2-1. Badosa won the first two games then dropped the next five as the injury flared up.

Sabalenka was subdued in three sets by an upset-minded Camila Giorgi who downed the Belarussian 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. Giorgi won 12 of the last 13 games after dropping the opening set!

“I think that I adapted a little bit, I played very well, I played my game, aggressive – after that it worked,” said Giorgi.

“For me it’s magic to play here. I love Paris, it’s my favorite city and I’m extremely happy.”

Iga Swiatek continues to avoid the upset bug as the clear tournament favorite won her 31st straight match in a tougher-than-expected 6-3, 7-5 win over Danke Kovinic.

Kovinic at one point in the match won 16 of 20 points to take the lead from 4-1 down in the second. The World No. 1 was able to steady from 5-all to return the fourth round.

“For sure I felt like she used my power in some moments so I had to adjust a little bit more to what she was playing, and for sure played a little bit more smart,” Swiatek said after her toughest win of the event so far.

“I changed the tactics in second set a little bit to play less risky, but then I did some mistakes. I lost my breaks. I’m not perfectly happy with that, but overall I’m happy with the performance, and that I came back in the second set.”

Swiatek will now face rising teen Qinwen Zheng. The 19-year-old China won the first nine games on Chatrier before Alize Cornet retired with a thigh injury down 6-3, 3-0.

Former semifinalist Madison Keys authored her first comeback from a set down in Paris to defeat Elena Rybakina 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3). The biggest servers in the women’s game held their serve in the decider until Keys went on a run at 5-6 and then rolled in the super breaker.

“I really just tried to focus on making as many balls as I could, tried to stay in rallies, and waited for the right opportunity to go for my shots. Being able to make a second week means so much, and I’m so happy I get to stay in Paris a little bit longer,” said Keys.

Daria Kasatkina, Jessica Pegula and Irina Camelia Begu also advanced.

Tomorrow, the fourth round gets underway with Americans taking center stage.

Former finalist Sloane Stephens has turned around an awful clay season just at the right time, but she will contend with the in-form Swiss lefty Jil Tiechmann.

Amanda Anismova, a semifinalist in Paris, takes on US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and 2021 quarterfinalist Coco Gauff faces the steady Elise Mertens.

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