In the French Open tennis, India’s 41-year-old doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Franko Skugor sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a straight set win over Americans Frances Tiafo and Nicholas Monroe.
The unseeded Bopanna and Skugor prevailed over their rivals 6-4, 7-5 in the second-round match that lasted one hour and 20 minutes.
The women’s top-ranked Ash Barty retired from her second-round match against Polish opponent Magda Linette after trailing 1-6, 2-2 due to her painful hip yesterday.
Defending champion Iga Swiatek breezed through to the third round, beating Rebecca Peterson 6-1, 6-1.
In addition to Barty’s departure, No. 2 Naomi Osaka withdrew after the first round, saying she is going to take a break from competition for mental health reasons.
The third-ranked Halep pulled out before the tournament because of a leg injury.
Earlier, world No. 8 Serena Williams was stretched by No. 148 Mihaela Buzarnescu, before the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles overcame the Romanian’s challenge 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Serena will take on American world No. 50 Danielle Collins for a place in the fourth round.
In the men’s section, top-ranked and former champions Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer advanced to the men’s third round.
Federer beat Marin Cilic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 for his ninth win in 10 meetings against the big-serving Croat and fifth in majors.
The eighth-seeded Federer next faces unseeded Dominik Koepfer.