Wednesday, August 4, 2021

French Open: Serena Williams, Daniil Medvedev among top players to fight for quarter-final berths today

In the French Open Tennis, Serena Williams and Daniil Medvedev are among top players who will fight for the quarter-final berths today.

American seventh seed Serena Williams will take on 21st seed Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan while Former world number one Victoria Azarenka faces Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the fourth round of Women’s Singles today.

Yesterday, Defending Champion Iga Swiatek booked her place in the last 16 with a 7-6, 6-0 victory over Estonian Anna Kontaveit. She will now face unseeded Ukranian Marta Kostyuk.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine became the latest big name to exit the tournament after losing to unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the third round.

With the top three seeds out after Ashleigh Barty retired injured, Naomi Osaka withdrew and Aryna Sabalenka lost on Friday, the Women’s draw is now wide open.

In Men’s Singles, Russian Second seed Daniil Medvedev will take on clay-court specialist Cristian Garin of Chile  while Fifth seed Stefanis Tsitsipas will meet Spainard 12th seed P. Carreño Busta in the fourth round today.

Meanwhile, Defending Champion Rafael Nadal, Top seed Novak Djokovic and eight seed Roger Federer have stormed into the fourth round.

Spaniard Nadal defeated England’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 while Djokovic outclassed Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round. Roger Federer has reached the fourth round by defeating Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 7-6, 6-7,7-6,7-5. Nadal will now face seeded 18th Italian 19-year-old Jannik Sinner, who defeated Sweden’s Mikael Ymer. Djokovic’s next opponent will be rising Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti, who upset compatriot Marco Cecchinato in five sets to reach the last 16 on his Grand Slam debut.

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