French Open day nine: Coco Gauff has cake for breakfast, tennis’ baby boom continues
We look back at day nine of the 2023 French Open as Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff set up a rematch of last year’s final at Roland Garros.
The pair both moved through to the quarter-finals, with Gauff beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and Swiatek leading 5-1 when Lesia Tsurenko retired through illness.
There will also be a rematch between Holger Rune and Casper Ruud, who engaged in a fiery battle in the last eight a year ago, while Alexander Zverev continued his strong form in the night session with victory over Grigor Dimitrov.
But the sport is also looking forward to some tasty quarter-final clashes in Paris on Tuesday.
Picture of the day
Quote of the day
My agent was like, ‘Why are you eating chocolate cake for breakfast’ and I was like, ‘We’re in Paris, who cares?’ – Coco Gauff
Shot of the day
Holger Rune pulled a rabbit out of a hat while he was up against it during his thrilling clash against Francisco Cerundolo. He eventually came away with a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) victory.
— Eurosport (@eurosport) June 5, 2023
Tweet of the day
The tennis baby boom continues as former top-10 player Carla Suarez Navarro announced the birth of twins.
¡Hola a todos! ¡Al fin, Noa y Ona ya están con nosotras!
¡Estamos muy felices de ser familia de 4! ❤️❤️
¡Empezamos una nueva aventura cargada de felicidad y amor! pic.twitter.com/S3cy03qFXz
— Carla Suárez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) June 5, 2023
Stat of the day
Beatriz Haddad Maia became the first Brazilian to reach a quarter-final Grand Slam in 55 years and she did so in style.
3 – Beatriz Haddad Maia has won the third longest Women’s Singles main draw match in the Open Era at the #RolandGarros (3 hours and 51 minutes) – only Buisson v van Lottum in 1995 (4:07) and Reid v Teeguarden in 1972 (3:55) were longer. Battle.@rolandgarros @WTA
— OptaAce (@OptaAce) June 5, 2023
Men: Francisco Cerundolo (23), Yoshihito Nishioka (27), Grigor Dimitrov (28)
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