World number one and defending champion Iga Swiatek took just 51 minutes to reach the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday as Coco Gauff ended 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva’s memorable debut in Paris. Swiatek beat 80th place China’s Wang Xinyu 6-0, 6-0 on the back of 21 winners as the 22-year-old Pole took another step closer to becoming the first woman since Justine Henin in 2007 to win back- to win won. back titles at Roland Garros. Of the six sets she has played so far, four have been to love. In all, she has only dropped eight games in three rounds.
“It was a really solid performance from me. It’s not easy to stay disciplined and focused,” said Swiatek.
“I took care of everything and I’m quite happy with my performance.”
Swiatek, who also won the title in 2020 and is aiming for a fourth Grand Slam triumph, will face either 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu or Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko for a place in the quarterfinals.
Her path to the final was made easier earlier Saturday by the withdrawal of Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, a possible final four opponent, due to illness.
Rybakina should have faced Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round in the opening match at Court Philippe Chatrier, but said she had a fever.
“Yesterday and the day before yesterday I didn’t feel well. I didn’t sleep last night,” said 23-year-old Kazakh.
“I had a fever and a headache and it’s hard to breathe. I tried to play in the warm-up, but I feel it’s the right decision to withdraw.”
Sorribes Tormo, number 132 in the world ranking, plays in the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time. She will face Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia or Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil for a place in the quarterfinals.
World number six Gauff, Swiatek’s number two last year, came back from a set down to beat Andreeva 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-1.
Ranked at a low 143, Andreeva had passed qualification and was the youngest player to make it to the third round since 2005.
“Mirra is super young and has a great future,” said Gauff. “I remember playing here when I was 16, so she has a lot to look forward to. I’m sure you’ll see a lot of games between us.”
Gauff said that despite her first set of problems, she was confident she would make it.
“I was a bit undisciplined in the tiebreak, but I knew what the game plan was, so I just tried to execute that in the second and third sets.”
19-year-old Gauff will face her compatriot Kayla Day or Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Slovakia for a place in the quarter-finals.
Despite pocketing the first set, Andreeva got a code violation for sullenly flicking a ball into Court Suzanne Lenglen’s audience.
Rafael Nadal’s 2022 runner-up Casper Ruud lost the first set before easing to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory against China’s Zhang Zhizhen.
Zhang, 26, bid to become the first Chinese man since 1936 to reach the fourth round in Paris.
“It was very tough in the first set, he hit a lot of winners and I couldn’t find a gap in his game,” said fourth-seeded Ruud.
“At 5-4 in the second set, he played some sloppy shots and that gave me the set, maybe the game,” said Ruud who hit 36 winners and saved seven of ten break points.
Ruud next takes on Nicolas Jarry in form, after Chilean defeated Marcos Giron from the United States 6-2, 6-3, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3.
Jarry had arrived in Paris with the title on the Geneva clay court and will make his first appearance in the last 16 of a major.
Also in the second week will feature Argentina’s 49th ranked Tomas Martin Etcheverry for the first time as he stunned 15th seeded Borna Coric 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2.
Etcheverry will next face Japan’s 27th seed Yoshihito Nishioka, who won a dramatic five-set bout with qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild to reach the fourth round for the first time.
Nishioka fought back to win 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 against the Brazilian who knocked out world number two Daniil Medvedev in the first round .
Danish world number six Holger Rune came through easily, defeating 231st ranked Argentine qualifier Genaro Alberto Olivieri 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
The 20-year-old, who reached the quarter-finals on his debut last year, will next face American ninth seed Taylor Fritz or Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.
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