The early departure of seeded players in the women’s tournament continued at the French Open as third seed Aryna Sabalenka upset Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round of the clay-court Grand Slam.
Paris: The women’s tournament at the French Open continued to see seeded players go early as third seed Aryna Sabalenka lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round of the clay court Grand Slam on Friday.
The women’s side are now without top three seeds at Roland Garros after losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 to Sabalenka.
Sabalenka was the top seed remaining after top-order Ash Barty retired from a second-round match following an injury on Thursday. Second seed Naomi Osaka withdrew after the first round, saying she was taking a break from competition due to mental health reasons.
Fourth seed Sofia Kenin is now the highest seeded player.
Pavlyuchenkova lost to Sabalenka in straight sets in the Madrid semi-finals last month. This time, she made the most of her opponent’s erratic performance – Sabalenka made 39 unforced errors – to reach the fourth round for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals in Paris a decade earlier.
31st seed Pavlyuchenkova said, “It was a while ago. I’m enjoying every point (in) more now in tough matches than before. I guess that’s why I’m still here for the second week.” In.”
His next opponent will be Victoria Azarenka, who beat 23rd seed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes. The two-time Grand Slam champion reached the fourth round for the first time since reaching the semi-finals in 2013.
Azarenka played only one match on clay this season when he entered Roland Garros. She withdrew from the Madrid Open after winning the first round there due to a back injury.
Unseeded Tamara Zidansek and 21st seed Elena Rybakina also advanced, reaching the second week of a major for the first time.
In the early afternoon, play was interrupted by rain on all courts except the main stadium – where the roof is closed.
Dampf reported from Rome.
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