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Swiatek downs Gauff for 2nd French Open title

The 2 youngsters transfer into the second week at Roland Garros; Coco Gauff has received all of her matches up to now in straight units; Leylah Fernandez will now make an look within the second week of the French Open for the primary time

Final Up to date: 27/05/22 2:55pm

Coco Gauff reached the quarter-finals of the French Open final yr

Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez have progressed into the French Open fourth spherical with Fernandez reaching the second week of the clay-court Grand Slam for the primary time in her profession.

Gauff confirmed her confidence on clay throughout her straight-sets 6-Three 6-Four win over the world No 46 Kaia Kanepi on Friday.

Fernandez went the space on Court docket Philippe-Chatrier and got here out on prime 7-5 3-6 7-5 after a prolonged contest with Belinda Bencic.

The match between Sloane Stephens and Diane Parry will observe Novak Djokovic’s encounter with Aljaz Bedene on Court docket Philippe-Chatrier.

Rafael Nadal, Cameron Norrie and Carlos Alcaraz all have third-round matches to play on Friday.

Composed Gauff dismisses Kanepi

On Court docket Suzanne-Lenglen, Gauff continued to indicate she won’t be daunted by opponents who’ve been on Tour for lots longer than she has.

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Her third-round opponent Kanepi is double her age and was taking part in an ITF occasion the week after Gauff was born.

Gauff and Kanepi spent simply 83 minutes on courtroom, with the American closing out the match on her first match level. She has now received her first three matches of this yr’s attract straight units.

Gauff is the 18th seed and she reached the quarter-finals 12 months in the past, earlier than dropping to the eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Gauff will take on Elise Mertens in the fourth round

Gauff will tackle Elise Mertens within the fourth spherical

“I knew going into it, it was going to be a troublesome match,” Gauff mentioned on courtroom after.

“She beat [Garbine] Muguruza within the first spherical, who’s a troublesome participant to beat. I additionally performed her up to now and we had an in depth, powerful two-set match.

“I have been coming to France since I used to be 10 years previous so I feel that helped me loads. I assume it makes me a clay-court… I do not wish to say specialist, however you recognize, good at it!”

Gauff will subsequent check her clay-court abilities towards Elise Mertens, the 31st seed, who additionally got here via in straight units.

Fernandez wins thriller to succeed in second week

Fellow teenager Fernandez reached the second week at Roland Garros for the primary time after her 7-5 3-6 7-5 victory over Bencic.

Fernandez and Bencic spent two hours and 49-minutes on Court docket Philippe-Chatrier, with the Canadian going 2-Zero down within the decider earlier than popping out on prime.

“I am very proud of the match and thanks all for the help,” Fernandez mentioned. “It was a tough match, nevertheless it’s one in every of my goals to have the ability to play on this courtroom.”

Anisimova via after Muchova harm

Amanda Anisimova, Fernandez’s opponent within the fourth spherical, superior after Karolina Muchova was compelled to retire as a result of an ankle harm.

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Muchova, who ousted title-contender Maria Sakkari earlier within the draw, received the primary set towards Anisimova, getting back from a 5-1 deficit within the tie-break. She then referred to as for a medical timeout and had her left thigh taped.

The bodily points continued shortly after for Muchova; she rolled her proper ankle and fell whereas attempting to hit a return at 2-2 within the second set.

Amanda Anisimova will play against Leylah Fernandez in the fourth round

Amanda Anisimova will play towards Leylah Fernandez within the fourth spherical

Muchova hid her face in her towel and cried because the physio closely taped her ankle. She tried to play via the ache, earlier than ultimately calling time on the match at 6-7 (9-7) 6-2 3-Zero down.

“It is very powerful and I really feel actually dangerous for her,” Anisimova mentioned about her opponent. “She’s had a troublesome yr with accidents.”

Three years in the past, 20-year-old Anisimova turned the youngest American to succeed in the Roland Garros semi-finals since Jennifer Capriati in 1990.

Anisimova and Fernandez have met on Tour simply as soon as beforehand, with Anisimova having to retire from their contest at Indian Wells this yr.

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