Highlights of French Open fourth day
PARIS (Reuters) – Highlights from day 4 of the French Open tennis championships on Wednesday (all instances GMT):
1810 STEPHENS ROLLS INTO THIRD ROUND
U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens moved into the third spherical with a cushty 6-2 6-2 win over Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech.
The American struck 17 winners and by no means confronted a break level in a one-sided match lasting simply over an hour.
1745 WOZNIACKI SENDS GARCIA PEREZ PACKING
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki produced a ruthless show to beat Spain’s Georgina Garcia Perez 6-1 6-Zero in 51 minutes.
1650 DIMITROV OUTLASTS DONALDSON
Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov secured a decisive break within the 17th sport of the ultimate set to beat American Jared Donaldson 6-7(2) 6-Four 4-6 6-4 10-Eight within the second spherical.
It was the Bulgarian’s 50th Grand Slam match-win as he matched his greatest Roland Garros efficiency by reaching the third spherical for the third time.
1630 NISHIKORI BREAKS FRENCH HEARTS
Japan’s Kei Nishikori battled previous house favourite Benoit Paire 6-Three 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-Three to ebook a 3rd spherical spot after three hours on Court docket Philippe-Chatrier.
1615 ZVEREV SURVIVES SCARE
World quantity three Alexander Zverev survived a scare from unseeded Dusan Lajovic to beat the Serb 2-6 7-5 4-6 6-1 6-2 within the second spherical.
It was the German’s 32nd win of the season and he’ll face Bosnian Damir Dzumhur for a spot within the final 16.
1600 GOFFIN CRUISES THROUGH
Eighth seed Belgian David Goffin produced a medical show to succeed in the third spherical for a fourth straight 12 months, defeating Frenchman Corentin Moutet 7-5 6-Zero 6-1.
1515 DOUBLES DELIGHT FOR WILLIAMS SISTERS
Serena and Venus Williams received their first doubles match collectively since lifting the 2016 Wimbledon title, defeating Japanese pair Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato 4-6 6-Four 6-1 within the opening spherical.
1355 KEYS OUTPLAYS DOLEHIDE
American Madison Keys, seeded 13th, struck 21 winners on her strategy to a 6-Four 6-1 second-round victory over compatriot Caroline Dolehide.
1330 DJOKOVIC BOOKS THIRD ROUND SPOT
Former champion Novak Djokovic continued his regular progress with a 7-6(1) 6-Four 6-Four victory over Spain’s Jaume Munar. The Serb extending his successful run to 17 matches towards qualifiers at Grand Slam occasions.
He’ll make his 13th third spherical look at Roland Garros towards Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-Four 7-5 6-3.
1315 CHARDY STUNS BERDYCH IN FIVE-SET THRILLER
Native favourite Jeremy Chardy recovered properly within the remaining set to beat 17th seed Tomas Berdych 7-6(5) 7-6(8) 1-6 5-7 6-2 in a rain-delayed second spherical encounter.
World quantity 86 Chardy will meet fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert for a spot within the last-16.
1250 SVITOLINA HAILS HOME SUPPORT
Fourth seed Elina Svitolina hopes Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s curiosity in tennis might enhance the game’s growth in her house nation.
Poroshenko final week congratulated Svitolina on Twitter following her Italian Open triumph.
“It’s very good of him that he follows the game,” Svitolina informed reporters. “And hopefully, we’re going to now haven’t solely consideration but in addition possibly somebody might make investments some cash into Ukrainian tennis for our juniors, for our upcoming era.
“You recognize, I do know that our federation can be working actually exhausting to construct the middle the place juniors and the small ladies and boys can practice.”
1230 CARRENO BUSTA BATTLES PAST DELBONIS
Pablo Carreno Busta’s nifty motion and measured strategy proved decisive in a 7-6(0) 7-6(2) 3-6 6-Four win over Federico Delbonis of Argentina.
The 10th-seeded Spaniard will subsequent face Italian Marco Cecchinato for a spot within the last-16.
1110 HALEP PREVAILS
World primary Simona Halep, chasing a maiden Grand Slam title, secured a 2-6 6-1 6-1 win over American Alison Riske within the opening spherical.
Romanian Halep, twice runner-up at Roland Garros, will subsequent face American Taylor Townsend, who’s ranked 72 on the earth.
1045 OSAKA MARCHES ON
Japan’s Naomi Osaka, seeded 21st, booked a spot within the third spherical with a 6-Four 7-5 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
1035 SVITOLINA ADVANCES
Fourth seed Elina Svitolina, who has received three WTA titles to date this season, progressed to the third spherical with a powerful 6-Three 6-Four win over Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia.
1020 KVITOVA EASES INTO THIRD ROUND
Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova produced a elegant efficiency to beat Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-Zero 6-Four within the second spherical.
The 28-year-old Czech, seeded eighth, struck 27 winners and transformed 5 break-point alternatives to wrap up the match in simply over an hour.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ed Osmond