What happened at the French Open on day seven: Coco Gauff wins teenage battle as Iga Swiatek marches on
Coco Gauff fought off the challenge of 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva to reach the fourth round of the French Open on a busy Saturday of singles action.
Gauff came back from a set down to defeat the Russian 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-1 while Iga Swiatek hammered Wang Xinyu 6-0 6-0, but Elena Rybakina was forced to withdraw because of illness.
In the men’s event, Casper Ruud and Holger Rune are on track for a quarter-final meeting, while Alexander Zverev defeated Frances Tiafoe in the night match.
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Stat of the day
This is the 5th time in the Open Era there have been at least 30 five-set matches @RolandGarros, the 1st time since 2001 (33).
— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) June 3, 2023
Shot of the day
Cameron Norrie’s third-round exit completed a miserable French Open for Britain’s senior singles players but, after several years of very little junior presence, there are six British competitors in the main draws of the boys’ and girls’ singles, including 14-year-old qualifier Hannah Klugman.
Results: French Open day seven
French Open results on Saturday, the seventh day of the 2023 championships at Roland Garros (x denotes seeded player; players representing Russia and Belarus are banned from competing under the name or flag of their countries):
Holger Rune (DEN x6) bt Genaro Alberto Olivieri (ARG) 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
Francisco Cerundolo (ARG x23) bt Taylor Fritz (USA x9) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Nicolas Jarry (CHI) bt Marcos Giron (USA) 6-2, 6-3, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3
Casper Ruud (NOR x4) bt Zhang Zhizhen (CHN) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x28) bt Daniel Altmaier (GER) 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
Alexander Zverev (GER x22) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA x12) 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, 7-6 (7/5)
Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG) bt Borna Coric (CRO x15) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN x27) bt Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Iga Swiatek (POL x1) bt Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-0, 6-0
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) bt Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 6-1, 6-1
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) bt Kayla Day (USA) 6-1, 6-3
Coco Gauff (USA x6) bt Mirra Andreeva 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-1
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) bt Elena Rybakina (KAZ x4) – walkover
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA x14) bt Ekaterina Alexandrova (x23) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
Bernarda Pera (USA) bt Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)
Ons Jabeur (TUN x7) bt Olga Danilovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Men: Taylor Fritz (9), Frances Tiafoe (12), Borna Coric (15)
Women: Elena Rybakina (4), Ekaterina Alexandrova (23)
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