In French Open Tennis, sixth seed Alexander Zverev made it to the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Laslo Djere of Serbia in Men’s Singles in Paris yesterday. The German star will take on world No. 49 Kei Nishikori of Japan, who made it to the pre-quarterfinals after qualifier Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland was forced to retire due to a thigh injury while trailing 5-7 in the first set. This is the seventh time Nishikori has entered the fourth round in Paris. Argentina’s world No.51 Federico Delbonis capitalised on his solid first serve to record a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 win over Italian 29th ranked player Fabio Fognini. Debonis will take on Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who won a marathon five-setter against Norwegian 15th seed Casper Ruud to secure a pre-quarterfinal berth.
Russian world No.2 Daniil Medvedev continued to push for the world No.1 ranking with another commanding performance as he defeated world No.35 Reilly Opelka of the USA to enter pre-quarter-finals. If Medvedev makes it to the final at Roland Garros and current world No.1 Serb Novak Djokovic does not, the Russian will be the new world No.1. 22nd seed, Cristian Garin of Chile overcame Marcos Geron of the USA 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
In women’s sections, seventh-seeded American star Serena Williams kept her hopes of a 24th singles Grand Slam title alive as she overcame compatriot Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-4 to reach the fourth round for the first time in three years. The world No.50 won four straight games to take control and looked set to take the match into the decider.
Third seed Aryna Sabalenka was beaten by Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. Aryna was the highest-ranked seed remaining in the tournament following the withdrawal of Japan’s Naomi Osaka and the retirement of world No.1 Ashleigh Barty. Anastasia will meet 15th seed Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who beat Madion Keys of the USA 6-2, 6-2 in the pre-quarterfinals.
No.21 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan and unseeded 23-year-old Slovenian Tamara Zidansek too secured places in the pre-quarterfinals for the first time. Elena smashed 12 aces and struck 26 winners to crush Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-4 while Tamara overcame nerves and a first-set whitewash to defeat Czech Republic’s world No.68 Katerina Siniakova.
Elena will meet Serena, while Tamara will clash with the winner of the match between Romanian Sorana Cirstea and Daria Kasatkina of Russia in pre-quarterfinals.