French Open Day 7: Here's What You Missed...
It was a great day for tennis, especially if you’re a Spanish supporter.
Third seed; Garbine Muguruza had a much easier time out on Philippe-Chatrier than I expected. She beat former french open champion; Samantha Stosur in a first-class display, dropping just two games and playing for just two minutes over the one hour mark.
After winning 6-0, 6-2; Muguruza will go into the fourth round, with a lot of confidence and will face Lesia Tsurenko.
Out on court 7, we said goodbye to another seed in the women's draw; Magdalena Rybarikova as she lost in a surprising straight set, exactly 60-minute match against Lesia Tsurenko. This is the first time she had made a fourth round of a french open and the second time in her grand slam career. She will go on to face Garbine Muguruza as mentioned above.
15th seed; Lucas Pouille didn’t have the best time when he came back today to finish his third round match. He lost in straight sets to the unseeded; Karen Khachanov. This will be the second time that Khachanov has made the fourth round of the french open. He will face 2nd seed; Alexander Zverev in the next round.
We also said goodbye to another top-10 seed in the women's draw; Karolina Pliskova. She lost in a very one-sided match against Maria Sharapova. I’m sure Sharapova is happy to make the fourth round of RG, but will have to face Serena Williams who beat Julia Goerges in straight sets.
As well as the 6th seed departing the women's draw, it just wasn’t meant to be for 8th seed; Kvitova who also lost in straight sets to the very talented Anett Kontaveit. She will go on to play 10th seed; Sloane Stephens in the fourth round who beat Camila Giorgi in three sets out on court 18.
Maximilian Marterer has surprised me by making it to the fourth round of Roland Garros. He won his third-round match against Jurgen Zopp 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. He will face Rafael Nadal who put in a fine performance against Richard Gasquet winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Unfortunately for Kyle Edmund, his french open challenge came to an end today. He lost in five sets to Italian; Fabio Fognini. He is a great player and his unpredictability is what makes him so difficult to play. Fognini will move into the fourth, and play Marin Cilic who beat Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
11th seed; Denis Schwartzman moves into the fourth round after a straight set win against Borna Coric 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. He will go on to face 6th seed; Kevin Anderson who beat Mischa Zverev in four sets on Court 1.
The world number 1; Simona Halep struggled in her first set against Petkovic, but managed to win it, and the second set without dropping a game. She will go on to face 13th seed; Elise Mertens who beat 24th seed; Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-1.
It wasn’t meant to be for Gael Monfils. He put up one hell of a fight against 8th seed; David Goffin but eventually in five sets. David Goffin will play Marco Cecchinato.
Caroline Garcia had a good third round match against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. She will go on to face Angelique Kerber who beat Kiki Bertens in straight sets.
Juan Martin Del Potro faced Albert Ramos-Vinolas out on Philippe-Chatrier and managed to secure his fourth round place, winning 7-5, 6-4, 6-1. He will face John Isner in the next round.
The fourth round begins tomorrow, and I will be giving my predictions on who I think will make it to the quarter-finals of the french open.