Simon and Jeanjean are asking for more!

One extends the pleasure of Roland-Garros, the other discovers it: Gilles Simon, 37, and Léolia Jeanjean, 26, were carried away by the magic of the tournament and its audience to go up to the 3rd round on Thursday, while as Hugo Gaston and Alizé. Cornet.

Among the favorites, Iga Swiatek (No. 1 in the world) was imperial against Alison Riske (43rd) swallowed 6-0, 6-2 and is one of only three Top 10 players still in the race.

In the men’s draw, Daniil Medvedev (2nd) continues his way quietly without giving up a set with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory against Laslo Djere, while Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th) follows the his crossroads with a new marathon match of more than four hours to eliminate the Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar (134th) 6-3, 7-6 (10/8), 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 9/7).

On the French side, the second round was fatal for Caroline Garcia. The 79th in the world, for lack of competition, was eliminated despite strong resistance from American Madison Keys (22nd) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

But the tricolor colors were recovered by Simon, Gaston, Jeanjean and Cornet who joined the 3rd round Diane Parry, ranked the day before.

Gilles Simon, 158th in the world, plays his 17th and final Roland-Garros before retiring at the end of the year. He, who had only won one match (earlier this year in Montpellier) on the circuit since his quarter-finals in Moscow in October 2021, chained two of them on Parisian clay, well helped by the public.

– “Everyone wanted it” –

“I was tired in the end and I’m usually the only one who wants this + chip + to come out. But there, everyone wanted it … and it came out!” Simon told attendees. reference to the umpteenth and last setback cut by Steve Johnson (92nd) who fell on the wrong side of the line and gave the Frenchman the victory by 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (8/6), his 500th victory on the circuit.

Roland-Garros: Simon and Jeanjean are asking for more!

This Saturday he will have to beat the Croatian Marin Cilic (23rd) to reach the round of 16 and thus equal his best performance on Paris clay.

For Jeanjean, it was a real feat that propelled her into the third round: an overwhelming victory over Czech Karolina Pliskova (8th) by 6-2, 6-2.

“I don’t really realize what’s going on. I find it amazing,” said the player involved in her first Roland Garros.

Considered a future star at the age of 12, Jeanjean suffered repeated injuries and chose to study in the United States, returning only to high-level tennis in late 2020.

“I wanted to come back so I wouldn’t regret it. I think I made the right decision,” he said. In the next round they will face Irina-Camelia Begu (63rd).

Much more experienced, Alizé Cornet (40th) defeated the 2017 champion, the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (13th), 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 in the first match of the women’s draw of the night session of the 2022 edition.

– “I hold the path” –

Roland-Garros: Simon and Jeanjean are asking for more!

“At 32, I’m still physically fit and it’s nice because you have to stand up against Jelena,” he said, thanking the audience for their support. “You didn’t let me go at once. I needed it. he said.

For her 61st consecutive Grand Slam tournament, at a unit of the Open era record set by Japan’s Ai Sugiyama, Cornet will face China’s Qinwen Zheng (74th) in the next round, who on Thursday dismissed the winner. of 2018, Simona Halep (19th). .

As for Gaston, he happily found the Suzanne-Lenglen track where he had blossomed in the fall of 2020 by beating Stan Wawrinka in the 3rd round in front of a very small audience due to the Covid but noisy and surprised.

On this occasion, it was in front of a large and boiling audience that the 1.73 m Tolosa left confused his rival again by imposing his variations and his characteristic shot, the drop shot: in this match, the Pedro Cachin from Argentina (153rd). ) lasted only a little over two hours before giving way to 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

Roland-Garros: Simon and Jeanjean are asking for more!

“It was a very tough match mentally: I’m not used to going to Suzanne-Lenglen as a favorite in the standings,” he said.

To repeat the course of 2020 and reach the round of 16, this time he will have to dismiss the Dane Holger Rune, 40th in the world at the age of 19, who fell in the first round of world number 15 Denis Shapovalov (6-3, 6-1, 7 -6) and became the youngest player to reach the third round of Roland-Garros without losing a set since … Rafael Nadal in 2005.

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