Day 7 of the French Open 2021 saw another Top 10 seed bowing out of the competition. Elina Svitolina lost her third round match to in form Barbora Krejicikova, while Defending Champion Iga Swiatek and runner-up Sofia Kenin make it to the Last 16.
Kenin survives Pegula scare
Fourth seed Sofia Kenin came from a set down to book a place in the French Open last-16, defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula in three sets 4-6,6-1,6-4 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The World No.5 showed off her powers of recovery as she racked up a whopping 48 winners and broke Pegula’s serve seven times over the course of a near two hour contest.
She said: “I mean Jesse[Pegula] is such a tough player to play. She’s playing some really great tennis. Unfortunately I had to get through but you know at least there’s Americans going through and just great for you US tennis.”
Krejicikova knocks out Svitolina
Czech Doubles star, Barbora Krejcikova knocked fifth seed Elina Svitolina out of the French Open on Court Philippe Chatrier, leaving only three of the women’s top ten seeds left in the tournament. Krejcikova reached the last 16 for the second successive year with a 6-3, 6-2 victory
She will take on former US Open champion Sloane Stephens on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals. Stephens defeated 18th seed Karolina Muchova in straight sets 6-3,7-5.
Swiatek too good for Kontaveit
Defending Champion Iga Swiatek advanced to the Round of 16 of this year’s edition after beating Estonian Anett Kontaveit on the third match at Court Philippe Chatrier. Eighth seed Swiatek worked hard for her win in straight sets 7-6,6-0 to keep her hopes alive of defending the women’s singles crown.
She said: “Everybody is under pressure. I am travelling with my Sports Psychologist and she’s helping me with that. I always believe that mental part of the game is very important and that’s why I started working on that and it just worked. Now I am ready for that kind of pressure.”
French Open 2021: Other Results
- Ons Jabeur defeats Magda Linette (3-6,6-0,6-1)
- Maria Sakkari defeats Elise Mertens (7-5,6-7,6-2)
- Marta Kostyuk defeats Varvara Gracheva (6-1,6-2)
- Sloane Stephens defeats Karolina Muchova (6-3,7-5)
- Coco Gauff defeats Jennifer Brady (6-1 ret.)