American Coco Gauff rallied from a tough opening set to beat Mirra Andreeva of Russia in an all teen showdown in the third round of the French Open on Saturday.
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Experience eventually told as the 19 year old Gauff, who was the runner up at Roland Garros last year, prevailed 6-7 (7/5), 6-1, 6-1, sealing the result with a cross court backhand winner.
Gauff gets better of Andreeva
That ended an imperessive Grand Slam debut for the 16 year old Andreeva, who earlier this week became the youngest player to win a match in the women’s main draw at the French Open since 2005.
Top ranked Iga Swiatek
Top ranked Iga Swiatek continued her imperessive run as she took just 51 minutes to beat Xinyu Wang 6-0, 6-0. Swiatek has dropped just eight games through three rounds.
However, reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina pulled out of the French Open before her third round match against Sara Sorribes Tormo because she is sick.
Elsewhere in the women’s draw. Bernarda Pera, Beatriz Haddad Main and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova reached the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in their careers.
Last year’s finalist Casper Rund recovered from losing the opening set to beat Zhang Zhizhen, ending a strong run by the Chinese player. The fourth seeded Ruud, who lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.
Holgar Rune opened play on Court
Sixth seeded Holgar Rune opened play on Court Phillippe Chatrier and he comfortably dispatched qualifier Genaro Alberio Oliviert, who — at 231 — was the lowest ranked player to reach the third round this year. Rune won 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, in less than two hours.
It was harder work for Yoshihito Nishioka in his 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Thiago Seyboth Wild. That was the 30th match at this year’s French Open that has gone to five sets.
Also, Tomas Martin Etcheverry upset 15th seeded Borna Coric, and Nicolas Jarry beat Marcos Giron.
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