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What’s new from Paris at the French Open?

Let’s start with the women and look at the third round results and who made it to the quarter-finals. 

Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia and the world’s number 56 won over Sorana Cirstea with 7:6 and 6:1. Zidansek will play against Paula Badosa from Spain in the next round. 

The Russian world’s number 31, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, defeated the world’s number 16 from Belarus, Victoria Azarenka, with 5:7, 6:3 and 6:2. In the French Open’s quarter-finals, Anastasia will play against Elena Rybakina from Greece.

Serena Williams from the US lost to Kazakhstan’s Yelena Rybakina with 3:6, 5:7. Williams and her fans hoped for a French Open win. That additional major triumph would have pt her equal with the Australian record-holder Margaret Court. In her interview following the match, it became clear that Serena was not happy with her performance, particularly as she missed only “just the one point here and the one point there that can change the whole course of the match. I’m not winning those points right now.” 

Rybakina challenged Williams from the start with her hard-hitting and very focused performance. Despite Serena repeatedly cheering herself on, she was finally beaten after 1:17 hours.

Rybakina, currently ranked number 17,  will face the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-finals.

Marketa Vondrousova from the Czech Republic, WTA’s number 14, lost with 4:6, 6:3 and 2:6 against Paula Badosa, WTA rank 34, from Spain. 

What about the Roland Garros’ men results?

The Swiss Roger Federer, who is playing his first Grand Slam tournament after a long injury layoff, won over the German Dominik Koepfer with 6:7 (5:7), 7:6 (7:3), 6:7 (4:7), 5:7. However, less than 16 hours after Federer’s victory, he announced his withdrawal from the French Open on Sunday due to concerns about his knee. “After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t overexert myself too quickly on my road to recovery,” the Swiss said.

The Greek title contender Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the quarter-finals of the French Open without much trouble after winning against Pablo Carreno Busta from Spain with 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. The Greek winner of the tournaments in Monte Carlo and Lyon will face the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals.

The world’s number 23 from Chile, Christian Garin, lost to the Russian Daniil Medvedev, ranked number 2 on the ATP list, with 2:6, 1:6 and 5:7.

The German Alexander Zverev has reached the quarter-finals of the French Open as well. Zverev defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori with 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 late Sunday night. The German had a strong start against Nishikori but the Japanese came back with a highly variable style of play and kept the first set open. Zverev kept on using his break chances and dominated the second set even more clearly.  It seemed that the Japanese could not hold up with Zverev’s strong play. Zverev’s next opponent is Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina From Spain, ATP’s number 45, defeated Federico Delbonis from Argentina, ATP’s number 51, with 6:4, 6:4, 4:6 and 6:4.

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