French Open: Defending champ Iga Swiatek claims another quick win; reaches 3R

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French Open: Defending champ Iga Swiatek claims another quick win; reaches 3R

Coco Gauff reached the third round of the French Open with a 6-3, 7-6(1) win over Qiang Wang on Thursday. The teenager faced a set point in the second set while trying to consolidate her break back in the ninth game of the set.

Not only did Gauff save the set point promptly, she also made quick work of Wang in the ensuing tie-break. Next up for the 24th seed will be her 13th-seeded compatriot, Jennifer Brady. Brady ousted France’s Fiona Ferro 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in two hours and 12 minutes in their round-of-64 clash.

Brady hit 28 winners and 33 unforced errors while Ferro had 25 winners and 40 unforced errors in the match. Anett Kontaveit, seeded 30th in the draw defeated Ferro’s fellow countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic in their second-round meeting.

The Estonian took just 51 minutes to post an emphatic 6-2, 6-0 win over the former Roland Garros quarter-finalist. In the third round, Kontaveit will play defending titlist, eighth seed Iga Swiatek. The Pole was absolutely untroubled in her match against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson as she wrapped up the proceedings in little over an hour, 6-1, 6-1.

Across both sets, Swiatek built a commanding 5-0 lead but Peterson pushed back towards the business end of each set. In the first set, as Swiatek tried to serve for the set in the sixth game, Peterson broke to marginally reduce the deficit to 5-1.

However, a break back in the seventh game propelled Swiatek to go up a set-to-love in the match. In the second set, Peterson finally held her serve for the first time in the set in the sixth game. Serving for the match in the seventh game, Swiatek made good on the first of three match points she had.

Swiatek tallied more than three times the number of winners Peterson hit – 22 to seven. Likewise, her unforced error count was less than half of Peterson’s – 12 to 23. The world no. 9 finished with 58 points to Peterson’s 31.

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Following Mladenovic’s and Ferro’s exits, there is no Frenchwoman left in the draw in Paris. Earlier, on Wednesday, Caroline Garcia had also crashed out of the Major in the second round to Polona Hercog.

Elise Mertens, the 14th seed, made a comeback from a set down against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in their second-round match. The Belgian dropped the opening set 4-6 but turned around the course of the match to clinch a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory after two hours and 27 minutes.

Greece’s Maria Sakkari will take on Mertens for a place in the pre-quarters at the French Open. The 17th seed posted another strong win, this time 6-2, 6-3 in 68 minutes against Italian Jasmine Paolini. Sakkari had more than two times the number of winners as Paolini – 29 to 12, and finished with two more unforced errors than the Italian – 20 to 18.