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Tennis-French Open day five

Tennis: French Open
Tennis: French Open

PARIS (Reuters) – Highlights of the fifth day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Thursday (times GMT):

* Stefanos Tsitsipas was again made to work hard for victory, the Greek fourth seed overcoming spirited Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar 6-3 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 7-6(7) in a marathon match to move into the third round.

* Local wildcard Leolia Jeanjean caused a major upset by thrashing former world number one Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-2 in the second round.

* Former world number one Simona Halep crashed out as she failed to deal with the aggressive game of Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen and fell to a 2-6 6-2 6-1 loss.

* Iga Swiatek demolished American Alison Riske 6-0 6-2 as she raced into the third round with her 30th consecutive victory.

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French Open order of play on Friday

1950 TSITSIPAS SURVIVES KOLAR CHALLENGE

Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a tough challenge from Zdenek Kolar, beating the Czech 6-3 7-6(8) 6-7 (3) 7-6(7) in just over four hours.

Tsitsipas saved four set points to recover from 6-2 down in the fourth set tiebreak and advance to the third round.

1950 SINNER SEALS COMEBACK WIN

Italian Jannik Sinner, the 11th seed, recovered from a set down to beat Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 and advance to the third round.

1832 RUBLEV ROLLS INTO THIRD ROUND

Seventh seed Andrey Rublev moved into the third round after beating Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-3. The Russian will face Chile’s Cristian Garin in his next match.

1827 BRITAIN’S EVANS CRASHES OUT

British 29th seed Daniel Evans crashed out in the second round after losing 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-3 to Sweden’s Mikael Ymer. Cameron Norrie is the only Briton left in the singles in Paris.

1623 ANOTHER TOP-10 SEED FALLS AS COLLINS CRASHES OUT

American ninth seed Danielle Collins was knocked out in a 6-4 6-3 defeat to fellow countrywoman Shelby Rogers in the second round.

Collins’ exit means only three of the top 10 seeds remain in Paris — Iga Swiatek (1), Paula Badosa (3) and Aryna Sabalenka (7).

1607 HALEP KNOCKED OUT BY ZHENG

Former world number one and 2018 French Open champion Simona Halep crashed out in the second round after losing 2-6 6-2 6-1 to the unseeded 19-year-old Qinwen Zheng of China.

Earlier, seventh seed Sabalenka enjoyed a comfortable 6-1 6-3 win over American Madison Brengle and will face Italian Camila Giorgi in the third round.

1519 SWIATEK EASES PAST RISKE

World number one and 2020 champion Swiatek reached the third round with a dominant 6-0 6-2 win over American Alison Riske.

Swiatek, the favourite to win the title in Paris, is on a 30-match unbeaten streak.

In the men’s draw, 20th seed Marin Cilic recovered from a set down to beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6 6-4 6-2 6-3 in a match that went on for nearly three hours.

1429 HURKACZ BEATS CECCHINATO

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the 12th seed, reached the third round by beating Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-1 6-4 6-2 in just under 1-1/2 hours.

1316 MEDVEDEV AND RYBAKINA THROUGH

Men’s second seed Daniil Medvedev reached the third round with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over Laslo Djere, while women’s 16th seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan beat American Katie Volynets 6-4 6-0.

1139 BADOSA, PEGULA AND RUUD ADVANCE

Spanish third seed Paula Badosa reached the third round by beating Kaja Juvan 7-5 3-6 6-2, while American 11th seed Jessica Pegula recovered from a mid-match slump to defeat Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina 6-1 5-7 6-4.

In the men’s draw, Norwegian sixth seed Casper Ruud advanced with a solid 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

1022 JEANJEAN EASES PAST PLISKOVA

Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova, who reached the French Open semi-finals in 2017, suffered a 6-2 6-2 defeat at the hands of French hope Leolia Jeanjean in the second round.

It is 26-year-old Jeanjean’s first appearance in a Grand Slam.

(Compiled by Manasi Pathak, Dhruv Munjal and Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond)

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