Tennis-Sabalenka hurries into French Open fourth round

  • Tennis
  • Friday, 02 Jun 2023

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 2, 2023 Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka in action during her third round match against Russia's Kamilla Rakhimova REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

PARIS (Reuters) - Aryna Sabalenka wasted no time as she whizzed into the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-2 6-2 drubbing of Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia on Friday.

Strong on serve, the world number two broke twice in the opening set and raced to a 3-0 lead in the second on a sunbathed court Philippe Chatrier to set up a meeting with American Sloane Stephens or Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

Sabalenka, who beat world number one Iga Swiatek in the Madrid Open final last month, has yet to lose a set in the tournament and has now broken her third-round loss streak in Paris.

The Belarusian, whose run at Roland Garros was stopped at that stage in the three previous editions, was always in control and despite some minor blips, faced only one break point - which she saved with a second-serve ace.

"It feels amazing to feel the support and just to be on this court and have the opportunity to play tennis," the Australian Open champion said after an encounter that lasted a little over an hour.

"Every tournament is different, Roland Garros is especially different from the Australian Open because of the surface but winning gives you confidence."

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Tennis

Tennis-Swiatek puts focus on improvement and not reclaiming top rank
Tennis-Flawless Kudermetova dismantles Pegula to claim Tokyo title
Zhizhen fights back to upstage Watanuki in final
It’s sister act as Chan siblings win gold in tennis doubles
Tennis-Pegula books clash with Kudermetova in Tokyo final
US Open quarter-finalist Qinwen bags Asiad title
Tennis-Top seed Swiatek stunned by Kudermetova in Tokyo quarter-final
Paddler Ma Long says so long after bagging gold
Tennis-Rybakina withdraws from Pan Pacific Open
Tennis-Americans Tiafoe and Shelton secure Laver Cup title for Team World

Air Pollutant Index

Highest API Readings

    Select State and Location to view the latest API reading

    Source: Department of Environment, Malaysia

    Others Also Read