Swiatek Puts Wang In Bagel Shop At French Open, Coco Wins, Rybakina Withdraw; Sabalenka v Stephens Sun.

by Staff | June 3rd, 2023, 9:31 pm
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With a week to go until the women’s final, Iga Swiatek was in devastating form Saturday at the French Open hammering Xinyu Wang 6-0, 6-0 to reach the fourth round.

“It was a really solid performance from me,” Swiatek said. “It’s not easy to keep winning and keep your focus. I’m pretty happy I was so disciplined and took care of everything in my tennis.”

Swiatek won 50 points, Wang just 17 in the 51 minute demolition which was the world No. 1’s first double bagel in Grand Slam play.

“I always try to kind of be careful, because you don’t want to get lazy after winning these matches,” Swiatek said. “It’s never easy to win these matches. But on the other hand, sometimes all your head can remember is the score, and I always want to kind of be ready for every situation.

“I don’t feel like it’s a problem for me, because I had many matches like that. But kind of also reset from all the other stuff and the expectations and just go to another match like it’s a new one.”

Up next for Swiatek, who has won 19 straight games, will Lesia Tsurenko who also had an easy time crushing Bianca Andreescu 6-1, 6-1.

The match of the day live up to the hype for the first hour or so before Coco Gauff pulled away from 16-year-old Mirra Andreev 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-1.

Early on, the Russian teen was getting the better of Gauff, forcing her into awkward shots and errors. After a break-filled first, Gauff asserted control of Andreeva who looked out of sorts to start the second and she never got back into gear. Gauff rolled winning 12 of the last 14 games.

“When I played against her, I didn’t feel like she was lacking experience,” Gauff said. “Honestly, at the end of the first set it was weird. I don’t know if it was the energy she was giving off or anything, wasn’t really quite anything she did, but I had a feeling that, even though I lost that set, I felt like I won the set.

“I knew in my head that I was playing the right way. I mean, 5-4 serving for it, 30-0 and she played great in the tiebreaker. I think I had two loose points and that matters in the tiebreaker.”

The American 19-year-old will now face Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova who ousted another American Kayla Day 6-1, 6-3 to make her first Major fourth round.

Later in the day, No. 7 seed Ons Jabeur rallied to beat the hot-handed qualifier Olga Danilovic of Serbia 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Jabeur, a former junior champ, is seeking her first French quarter.

“I’m gonna give it 100 percent,” Jabeur said. “We learn from the other fourth rounds that I lost here. Obviously have much more experience than the other times. Let the dream continue.

“Roland Garros is very close to my heart, and a Grand Slam that I always dreamed of winning with the big girls.”

Danilovic came in on a 20-set win streak and stunned the 2-time Slam finalist in the opener but after breaking back for 4-all in the second, her body let her down and Jabeur cruised.

Jabeur will now face another lefty in American Bernarda Pera who eliminated Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy 6-4, 7-6(7-2).

Beatriz Haddad Maia advanced to her first Slam fourth round with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. The Brazilian was projected to face Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina but the Kazakh star withdrew due to an illness before her third round clash with Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Ahead tomorrow, the fourth round gets underway with No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka battling Sloane Stephens. Sabalenka has won all three tour-level meetings with Stephens most recently last fall in San Diego.

Also, No. 9 Daria Kasatkina will challenge Elina Svitolina, No. 28 Elise Mertens faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and also lucky loser Elina Avanesyan tests Karolina Muchova.

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