Serena Williams produces best performance in seeing off Danielle Collins
Serena Williams is looking more like a French Open contender every day and she produced her best performance of the tournament so far to beat Danielle Collins 6-4 6-4.
The 23-time grand slam singles champion is the only top-10 player left in the bottom half of the draw after third seed Aryna Sabalenka suffered an error-strewn loss to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from a set down against John Isner in the night session while Daniil Medvedev beat another giant American, Reilly Opelka, as his new-found liking for clay continued.
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Davidovich Fokina’s animal rescue
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is flying high at Roland Garros but tennis is not the Spaniard’s only passion. He is such an animal lover that earlier this year he set up an online pet adoption platform that aims to connect anyone looking to adopt or foster a pet with shelters and rescue centres across Spain.
The 21-year-old said: “It’s going very well. Every week we have more shelters that they are putting their dogs and cats (on).”
Hewett bidding for a repeat
Britain’s Alfie Hewett won his fourth wheelchair grand slam singles title at Roland Garros last year and the 23-year-old made a strong start to the defence of his title by beating Joachim Gerard 6-1 6-4 but there were defeats for Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley.
Fritz needs operation
American Taylor Fritz left the court in a wheelchair after his loss to Dominik Koepfer on Thursday. The bad news is the American needs a knee operation but the good news is he might still be fit for Wimbledon.
Women: Aryna Sabalenka (3), Madison Keys (23)
Men: Casper Ruud (15), Fabio Fognini (27), Reilly Opelka (32)
Who’s up next?
British number two Cameron Norrie gets another shot at Rafael Nadal, with the pair meeting for the third time this season in the third round on Saturday.
Roger Federer takes his turn in the night session on Philippe Chatrier against German Dominik Koepfer while Novak Djokovic meets Ricardas Berankis.
Defending champion Iga Swiatek meets Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit while there are two all-American clashes between Sofia Kenin and Jessica Pegula, and Coco Gauff and Jennifer Brady.
Emma Raducanu news: Tim Henman exclusive on what happens next for US Open champion
Henman has insisted Emma Raducanu will need time to adapt to life at the WTA Tour.
Emma Raducanu news: British No.1 snaps back at her critics
She’s feeling confident ahead of her Australian Open first round tie with Sloane Stephens.
Andy Murray news: Former coach predicts what the Scot can achieve in 2022
Corretja told Tennis365 that the 34-year-old can make a big impact this year despite his enduring fitness issues.
Novak Djokovic news: Rafa Nadal believes the Aus Open is more important than any player
The Spaniard thinks it’ll be a great tournament whether his rival plays or not.
Andy Murray news: Scot breaks down in tears after losing Sydney final
Murray broke down in tears as he mentioned his family in a post-match interview after his comprehensive defeat in Sydney.
Tennis legend Chris Evert reveals her ovarian cancer diagnosis
The 18 time Grand Slam winner feels lucky that the cancer was caught early.
Novak Djokovic news: The world No 1 returns to detention ahead of appeal hearing
His second appeal hearing is set to take place tonight at 10.30pm UK time.
Novak Djokovic news: Tim Henman exclusive on the ‘shambles’ in Australia
Henman has described the Novak Djokovic visa row in Australia as ‘a shambles’.
Australian Open news: Can Craig Tiley survive amid Novak Djokovic crisis
Tiley is coming under increasing pressure, after Novak Djokovic’s saw his visa to remain in Melbourne revoked for a second time on Friday.
Novak Djokovic deportation saga: What happened, how did we get here and what happens next?
Michael Graham on the Novak Djokovic drama.