IThere is no longer a Frenchwoman competing in singles at Roland-Garros. Embarrassed by pain in the adductors, Alizé Cornet had to give up on Saturday May 28 against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng. A little earlier, Léolia Jeanjean lost in two sets against the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. Gilles Simon and Hugo Gaston represent the last tricolor hopes. Among the favourites, the world number one, Iga Swiatek qualified without difficulty. Medvedev (2nd) did not shake either.
- More French women at Roland-Garros
On the Philippe-Chatrier court, Alize Cornet (40e in the WTA ranking) was forced to retire on Saturday against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng (74e) – falling from Romania’s Simona Halep -, while the French was trailing 6-0, 3-0. Bandaged in both thighs due to pain in the adductors contracted in the previous round, the French number one was never able to express herself in this meeting.
Taken by the throat from the first exchanges by her opponent, the Niçoise fought; but the young Chinese (19), who will face the Polish Iga Swiatek, world number one, in the next round, had an almost perfect match, committing very few faults.
The hierarchy was respected on the Suzanne-Lenglen court in the match between the French Leolia Jeanjean (227e at the WTA) to the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (63e). Caught up by the pressure, Jeanjean was beaten severely (6-1, 6-4 in 1:25). Often exceeded in the exchange – 27 unforced errors in total – the former hope of tricolor tennis only really started to let go of his blows at the very end of the match.
At 26, Léolia Jeanjean leaves Roland-Garros with a few certainties. Her achievement against Pliskova (8e) in the previous round made her the lowest-ranked player to beat a top-10 female player in the Parisian Grand Slam since Conchita Martinez in 1988.
– Two games lost in the first round, two more in the second and… eight in the third. Facing the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic (95e world), the number 1 in the WTA ranking Iga Swiatek this time made the pleasure last (6-3, 7-5), but continued his journey in this Roland-Garros by signing a 31e consecutive victory on the circuit.
However, everything was not perfect for the Pole in this third round. A little nervous and guilty of some unusual unforced errors, the winner of the 2020 edition of Roland-Garros even conceded her white serve in the second set when she had made the break and was quietly heading for victory – thing done three games later.
– Daniel Medvedev for his part, easily passed his first big test of the tournament by defeating the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (31e world), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Arrived in Paris without landmarks and with only one match played on clay – a defeat in Geneva against Richard Gasquet – the world number 2 perfectly mastered the meeting, not conceding his serve once during the game.
The Russian is having a rather quiet start to the fortnight, and hasn’t lost a single set in his first three games. This bodes well for anyone who reached the quarter-finals of the tournament last season.
- What did the other top seeds do today?
Or the number of minutes spent on the Philippe-Chatrier court by Alizé Cornet against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng. Injured in the adductors, the French, novelist in her spare time, gave up (6-to, 3-0) and will therefore not go to the round of 16 at Roland-Garros as in 2018 (against Caroline Garcia), her best performance on Parisian crushed brick.
Jannick Sinner got rid of the American Mackenzie McDonald (60e world) in three sets (6-3, 7-6, 6-3). Without flaunting all his talent – which he has greatly extended – the placid Italian player (12e in the standings) has lost only one set since the start of the tournament. In the round of 16, he will face the Russian Andrey Rublev (7e), winner a few minutes later in the pain of the eye-catching Chilean Cristian Garin (6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6).
Swiatek is the last survivor of the Top 10 in the women’s draw. Paula Badosa (4e) indeed saw her Roland-Garros stop in the third round, she who gave up against the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (6-3, 2-1).
The Spaniard, visibly affected in the right knee, had requested a medical break at the end of the first round. She finally decided to give up after losing her serve in the second set. Badosa probably paid for her battle in the previous round against Slovenian Kaja Juvan (7-5, 3-6, 6-2).
“It’s a pure joy to have been able to live this kind of moment. (…) I had a great time, probably the best of my life, so I’m very happy”
Léolia Jeanjean only wanted to retain the best of her week at Roland-Garros. Eliminated by the Romanian Begu on Saturday, the former great tricolor hope, struck down by an injury in her teens, won the hearts of Porte d’Auteuil supporters and gave a little shine to a very dull French tennis for two years.
- Today’s other results:
Daria Kazatkina (Russia, 20e) defeated Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-3, 6-2
Jessica Pegula (USA, 11e) defeated Tamara Zidansek (Slovenia, 25e) 6-1, 7-6
Camila Giorgi (Italy, 30e) defeated Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus, 7e) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0