Sofia Kenin entered the fourth round of the French Open for the third year in a row by winning a seesaw match against Jessica Pegula in three sets at the Battle of the Americans
Paris: Sofia Kenin defeated Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the Battle of the Americans to reach the fourth round of the French Open for the third year in a row.
Kenin is the number four seeded player in the women’s draw, and has shaken off a slump with a return to Roland Garros, where she was runner-up to Inga Swietec in October.
28-seeded Pegula rallied from a 0-3 start to win the first set, but Kenin began to step onto the court to command the rallies, especially with a backhand that claimed two dozen winners. be produced. He hit 48 winners on 18 for Pegula.
“I’m proud of myself for being out there and fighting out there,” Kenin said.
Kenin had 10 double faults and was broken five times but held on in his last four serve games to close out the win. The 2020 Australian Open champion, who was sidelined by an appendectomy in February, improved to 10-8 this year.
American Sloane Stephens, who is ranked 59th and out of the top 50 for the first time since 2017, went on to beat 18th seed Karolina Muchova 6-3, 7-5. Stephens, the runner-up in 2018, will now face Barbora Krejcikova, who defeated No. 5 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were all on schedule against the unseeded players.
Alcohol reported from Miami.
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