French Open: Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez in the fourth round of Roland Garros | Tennis News – NewsGroove Uk

Coco Gauff reached the quarterfinals of Roland-Garros last year

Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez advanced to the fourth round of the French Open, and Fernandez reached the second week of the Grand Slam on clay for the first time in his career.

Gauff showed confidence on clay in his 6-3, 6-4 victory over world number 46 Kaia Kanepi on Friday.

Fernandez went the distance on Philippe-Chatrier’s court and won 7-5 3-6 7-5 after a long struggle with Belinda Bencic.

The match between Sloane Stephens and Diane Parry will follow Novak Djokovic’s match with Aljaz Bedene on the Philippe-Chatrier track.

Rafael Nadal, Cameron Norrie and Carlos Alcaraz have third-round matches to play on Friday.

The Gauff compound dismisses Kanepi

On the Suzanne-Lenglen track, Gauff continued to show that she would not be deterred by opponents who have been on the Tour much longer than her.

His third-round opponent, Kanepi, is twice his age and was playing an ITF event the week after Gauff’s birth.

Gauff and Kanepi were only 83 minutes away from the field, and the American closed the game on his first match point. He has now won his first three games in this year’s draw in straight sets.

Gauff is the No. 18 seed and reached the quarterfinals 12 months ago, before losing to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Gauff will face Elise Mertens in the fourth round

Gauff will face Elise Mertens in the fourth round

“I knew getting into it would be a tough match,” Gauff said on the court afterwards.

“She hit [Garbine] Muguruza in the first round, who is a difficult player to beat. I’ve also played with her in the past and we had a tight and tough match in two sets.

“I have been coming to France since I was 10, so I think it has helped me a lot. I guess that turns me into a dirt track … I’m not referring to a specialist, but you know, well! “

Gauff will then test his clay court skills against 31st seed Elise Mertens, who also came in sets in a row.

Fernandez wins the thriller to reach the second week

The teenager Fernández arrived in the second week at Roland Garros for the first time after his 7-5, 3-6 and 7-5 victory over Bencic.

Fernandez and Bencic spent two hours and 49 minutes on the Philippe-Chatrier court, and the Canadian lost 2-0 in the decisive match before winning.

“I’m very happy with the game and thank you all for your support,” Fernandez said. “It was a difficult game, but it is one of my dreams to be able to play on this field.”

Anisimova passes away after Muchova’s injury

Fernandez’s fourth-round rival Amanda Anisimova advanced after Karolina Muchova was forced to retire due to an ankle injury.

Muchova, who knocked out title contender Maria Sakkari before the draw, won the first set against Anisimova, recovering from a 5-1 draw. He then called for a medical leave and bandaged his left thigh.

Physical problems continued soon after for Muchova; rolled his right ankle and fell trying to hit the 2-2 in the second set.

Amanda Anisimova will play Leylah Fernandez in the fourth round

Amanda Anisimova will play Leylah Fernandez in the fourth round

Muchova hid her face in the towel and cried as the physiotherapist hit her ankle hard. He tried to play through the pain, before finally stopping the game with a 6-7 (9-7) 6-2 3-0.

“It’s very difficult and I feel very bad for her,” Anisimova said of her rival. “He’s had a tough year with injuries.”

Three years ago, 20-year-old Anisimova became the youngest American to reach the Roland Garros semifinals since Jennifer Capriati in 1990.

Anisimova and Fernandez have only met on the Tour once before, and Anisimova will retire from her competition at Indian Wells this year.

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