This Friday, May 27 marks the start of the 16are final (the third round) at Roland-Garros. On the program in particular: Diane Parry, one of the French surprises at the start of the tournament. She will face the American Sloane Stephens on the Philippe-Chatrier court. Among the men, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, or even Carlos Alcaraz are in the running, the latter having the “honors” of the night session.
Serbian Novak Djokovic world number one Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-3,
Nadal broken from the start by the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp
It was a duel of outsiders in the men’s tournament. And Diego Schwartzman won hands down. The small Argentine, world No. 15, easily dominated (6-3, 6-1, 6-2) the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, world No. 18. There wasn’t really a match, it was so one-sided.
Diego Schwartzman, 29, had however recently been beaten at the Masters 1000 in Madrid by his opponent of the day whom he was facing for the 5th time and who, before this meeting, led 3 successes to 1.
The Argentinian will probably find it difficult to repeat his career from the last two editions at Roland-Garros: in 2020, he played in his first Grand Slam semi-final, beaten by Rafael Nadal; the same Nadal had dominated him in the quarter-finals in 2021.
In the round of 16, he could come across a strong opponent in the person of … Novak Djokovic.
- The return to the fore
After conceding the first set, Amanda Anisimova won against the Czech Karolina Muchova, the latter having abandoned in the third set, injured in the ankle, while trailing 6-7, 6-2, 3- 0.
😥 Karolína Muchova’s tears… It’s cruel for the Czech! While she had dominated the first round, Mu… https://t.co/E6E7ZZnQII
If the American still has a little way to go in this tournament, the 27th player in the world, who eliminated the Japanese Naomi Osaka in the first round, then the Croatian Donna Vekic in the second round (in two sets each time), shows that we will no doubt have to count on her in the coming days. Especially since seven of the Top 10 players have already left.
The one who had been announced as a future tennis star, has come a long way. Semi-finalist in the Paris tournament in 2019, at 17, ranked world number 21 a few months later, she then dropped out due to the death of her father at the end of summer 2019, a painful mourning that had been injury follow-up.
Falling back to 86th place in the world at the start of August 2021, Amanda Anisimova reappeared in the forefront at the start of this year. For the first time since 2019, she played in a WTA Tour final, in Melbourne 2, dominating Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich and winning the second title of her career, after a victory in Bogota in 2019
“The key was to get her back to work,” explained in January, in an interview with the teamhis trainer since the summer of 2021, the Frenchman Romain Deridder. She has been injured a lot in the last two years so she had a hard time trusting herself on the pitch, pushing herself in training. We had to be very progressive”.
- The other main results of the day
Cori Gauff (USA) defeats Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 6-3, 6-4
Leylah Fernandez (Canada/#17) beats Belinda Bencic (Switzerland/#14) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
Martina Trevisan (Italy) defeats Daria Saville (Australia) 6-3, 6-4
Elise Mertens (Belgium/#31) beats Varvara Gracheva (Russia) 6-2, 6-3
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) defeats Angelique Kerber (Germany/#21) 6-4, 7-6