Roland-Garros: Serena Williams qualified, Aryna Sabalenka out in the 3rd round

PFor the first time since 2018, Serena Williams joined the second week of Roland-Garros, this Friday, June 4. Alongside the American, still looking for a historic 24th Grand Slam coronation, Daniil Medvedev invites him for the very first time. In the evening, Stefanos Tsitsipas, world No. 5 and player with the most wins since the start of the season, tackles the formidable American server John Isner (34th).

Serena Williams is determined. The inscription on his neon green sneakers affirms it: “I will never stop”. At Roland Garros, the 39-year-old champion had in any case not been at such a party since the 2018 edition. This Friday, the younger of the Williams sisters came out of a 100% American duel (6-4 , 6-4), potentially delicate against batter Danielle Collins (50th), despite an imposing bandage on the right thigh. Her next opponent will be Kazakhe Elena Rybakina (22nd).

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Medvedev takes a liking to it

Aryna Sabalenka’s turn. The world n ° 4 and recent winner in Madrid has added to the list of the best players who have died prematurely from the table. There was first the package of Simona Halep (N ° 3) upstream of the tournament, then that of Naomi Osaka (N ° 2) in full crisis around her non-participation in press conferences, finally the abandonment Ashleigh Barty (No.1), injured in a hip. Aryna Sabalenka, she was muzzled (6-4, 2-6, 6-0) by the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (32nd). Now stands in front of her another Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka (16th), scorer 6-2, 6-2 from Madison Keys (24th).

For the first time in the round of 16 on Parisian clay, Daniil Medvedev is smiling. “This year I feel really good here. I wanted to do something big, I’m getting there, ”the Russian enthusiastically welcomes. In four previous participations at Roland Garros, the world No. 2 had not won a single match. Here he is with three wins in a row and only one set lost in this 2021 edition, after his convincing victory (6-4, 6-2, 6-4), in the third round against the American giant Reilly Opelka (35th, 2.11 m). “I hope not to stop there,” he warns, opposed to Chilean Cristian Garin (23rd) for a place in the quarters.

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