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.
Roger Federer makes a surprise appearance as Laver Cup gets underway
Casper Ruud and Matteo Berrettini gave Team Europe a lead as the Laver Cup got under way in Boston.
Explainer – Why Emma Raducanu did not get automatic entry to Indian Wells event
Emma Raducanu has not gained automatic entry to the Indian Wells Masters event next month.
Dominic Thiem responds after media snipes from his former physio
Dominic Thiem has issued a statement after he confirmed he has split with members of his backroom staff after a challenging 2021.
Big change in Emma Raducanu’s camp as she seeks to make key appointment
Raducanu is preparing to make big changes to the team she will be working with after confirming she is on the look-out for a new coach.
Emma Raducanu to be given ‘homecoming’ broadcast to toast her US Open win
The Lawn Tennis Association are set to give Emma Raducanu the welcome home she deserves.
Exclusive – Assessing Novak Djokovic’s legacy with one of the game’s leading writers
Novak Djokovic has always been fighting a losing battle in a popularity contest with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Emma Raducanu could secure a place in lucrative end-of-season WTA finals
Raducanu could be on course to secure a remarkable place in the lucrative end-of-season WTA finals in Mexico.
Andy Murray eyeing up leap in the rankings after another win in Metz
Murray is one win away from a return to the top 100 in the ATP rankings.
Emma Raducanu confirms first sponsorship deal and plenty more will follow
The sponsorship opportunities are rolling in for…
‘Winning is what sport is all about’ – Andy Murray reacts to one of his best wins of 2021
The former world number dispatched the home favourite favourite 4-6 6-3 6-2.