Former finalist, Sloane Stephens advanced to the third round of the 2022 French Open with a win over 26th seed, Sorana Cirstea in their round-of-64 match. The American came from a set down to thwart the Romanian, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in an hour and 54 minutes.
Stephens won 78% of her first-serve points to Cirstea’s 52%. The former world no. 3 hit 26 winners, eight more than Cirstea’s 18 and had 17 unforced errors, six fewer than her opponent’s 23. She lost her serve four times but went on to break Cirstea’s serve seven times across the match.
French Open: Sloane Stephens' valiant effort
In the round-of-32, the 2018 finalist will play Diane Parry. The Frenchwoman backed her win over world no. 2 and second seed Barbora Krejcikova in the first round, by defeating Camila Osorio in their second-round match-up.
Parry won 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 18 minutes. This is the first time the 97th ranked Parry’s made it to the third round in Paris, with her previous best being reaching the second round in her first appearance in the event in 2019.
Meanwhile, Daria Saville ousted former world no. 2 and the 32nd-seeded Petra Kvitova in their second-round match. The Australian won 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 14 minutes to reach the third round for the first time since 2018. In the third round, Saville will play Martina Trevisan.
The Italian defeated Magda Linette, 6-3, 6-2 in their round-of-64 clash. Belinda Bencic, the 14th seed, defeated Bianca Andreescu in their much-awaited second-round encounter. The Swiss won 6-2, 6-4 and will take on 17th seed Leylah Fernandez for a place in the fourth round.
The Canadian got past Katerina Siniakova, 6-3, 6-2. Lastly, Varvara Gracheva also reached the third round of the French Open. Gracheva defeated Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 and will play the 31st seed, Elise Mertens. Earlier, Mertens received a walkover in her second-round match against Marie Bouzkova after the latter was forced to withdraw from the competition after testing positive for Covid-19. Photo Credit: WTA Twitter