Iga Swiatek’s stream of wins continued as the world no. 1 won her 31st match on the go with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Danka Kovinic in the third round. The Pole needed 90 minutes to wrap up the result in her favour. The proceedings, however, were anything but one-sided as it’s come to be for Swiatek in recent times.
Kovinic parried Swiatek’s shot-making with some of her own forcing the top seed to up her level further. The second set especially saw Kovinic put up a battle against the tournament favourite as she came from two breaks down to level the set before Swiatek secured one last break in the 11th game and served out the match in the 12th.
In terms of breaks secured, Kovinic converted all three break points she had on Swiatek’s serve while saving five of the 10 she faced. Meanwhile, in terms of winners and unforced errors, both players had 13 winners each while Swiatek finished with eight fewer unforced errors than Kovinic’s 31.
French Open: Iga Swiatek's lone presence
Following this run, Swiatek’s now made it to the second week in Paris in each of the four years she’s played the Major, going back to 2019. The 20-year-old will play Qinwen Zheng for a chance to reach the quarters.
Zheng advanced to her first French Open fourth round after her opponent, Alize Cornet retired with an injury while down 6-0, 3-0. The day’s play also witnessed another retirement that of third seed Paula Badosa. Veronika Kudermetova, the 29th seed was leading the Spaniard 6-3, 2-1 in their third-round match when the latter was unable to continue further.
Earlier at the start of the match, it was Badosa who went up a quick 2-0 lead following a break of Kudermetova’s serve. Kudermetova, who’s also made it to the second week of a Major for the first time in her career will take on either 22nd seed Madison Keys.
The American defeated 16th seed Elena Rybakina, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(10-3). Jessica Pegula ousted 2021 Roland Garros semi-finalist, Tamara Zidansek in their third-round match. The American won 6-1, 7-6(2) and will play Irina-Camelia Begu.
The Romanian halted the French wildcard, Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-4. The last biggest upset of the day came at the hands of 28th seed Camila Giorgi. The Italian came from a set down to take out seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Giorgi will play 20th seed Daria Kasatkina for a chance to reach the quarter-finals. Kasatkina won against Shelby Rogers, 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile, following the exits of Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek’s the only top-10 seed remaining in the draw at the French Open. Photo Credit: French Open Twitter