|Dates: 27 September – 11 October Venue: Roland Garros, Paris|
|Coverage: Selected radio and textual content commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport web site, plus each day experiences and evaluation|
Top seed Simona Halep underlined why she is broadly thought-about the French Open favorite by thrashing American teenager Amanda Anisimova to achieve the final 16 at Roland Garros.
Romania’s Halep, 29, wanted simply 54 minutes to win 6-Zero 6-1 in Paris.
Halep received her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2018 and the subsequent step in direction of one other is a fourth-round match in opposition to Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.
Third seed Elina Svitolina additionally progressed with a straight-set victory.
The 26-year-old Ukrainian received 6-Four 7-5 in a single hour and 40 minutes in opposition to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Dutch fifth seed Kiki Bertens, who left the courtroom on a wheelchair after her second-round win due to cramps, had a extra simple victory in opposition to Czech Katerina Siniakova, needing simply 58 minutes to safe a 6-2 6-2 win.
Bertens will play Martina Trevisan within the fourth spherical after the unseeded Italian shocked Greek 20th seed Maria Sakkari 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.
Halep ruthless in opposition to out-of-sorts Anisimova
Few gamers – if anybody – have been thought-about as a lot of a favorite for the ladies’s singles at a Grand Slam lately as Halep is usually perceived to be at Roland Garros.
The attracts have been vast open over the previous few years, resulting in the crowning of 11 completely different champions prior to now 15 majors.
Halep, nonetheless, got here into the occasion because the participant to beat after successful back-to-back titles on the clay in Prague and Rome.
A pure clay-courter, Halep’s possibilities have additionally been boosted by the absence of defending champion Ashleigh Barty, who doesn’t need to depart Australia through the coronavirus pandemic, and US Open champion Naomi Osaka.
Here, she demonstrated her credentials with a ruthless win over 19-year-old Anisimova, which avenged the American’s shock victory of their quarter-final assembly at Roland Garros final 12 months.
The rematch was billed as one of many highlights of day six – but it surely didn’t dwell as much as the hype.
Once 25th seed Anisimova was unable to take any of 5 break factors in Halep’s first service recreation of the match, she grew to become annoyed and lower a sorry determine because the Romanian took management.
Halep’s sharp motion and relentless returning recreation uncovered Anisimova’s heavy footwork, with the American producing 14 unforced errors as Halep received the opening set in 23 minutes.
Things didn’t enhance for Anisimova within the second set, regardless of odd glimpses of her ball-striking means.
She was unable to settle and regarded edgy all through, hitting one other 18 unforced errors within the second set as a targeted Halep took full benefit to say her 17th straight win.
“I played a really good match, I was really aggressive,” mentioned Halep, who made simply seven unforced errors.
“I knew I had to change something from last year, I wanted to be better than that and I was.”
‘Focused’ Svitolina adapts in comfy win
Ukraine’s Svitolina is aiming to win the primary Grand Slam title of her profession on a floor which she considers her most pure.
After disappointing third-round exits in 2018 and 2019, she has reached the second week at Roland Garros this time round.
“It’s always nice to be in the second week of a Grand Slam and have a chance to go deep into the tournament, that’s always the goal,” mentioned Svitolina.
“It was not easy, going into the match I knew she would strike the ball hard and flat, so I had to adjust quickly with my feet. It was important to stay focused.”
She will now face France’s Caroline Garcia, who got here from a set all the way down to defeat Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens 1-6 6-Four 7-5.
Garcia, a quarter-finalist in 2017, had two match factors within the 10th recreation of the third set however couldn’t convert both and was damaged. She ultimately received over the road within the 12th, a lot to the delight of the partisan crowd inside Philippe Chatrier.
Swiatek, 19, booked her spot in opposition to Halep with a 6-Three 6-2 win in opposition to 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.
”It was a very robust day’ – Krejcikova dedicates win to Novotna
Czech Barbora Krejcikova devoted her win over Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova to her mentor Jana Novotna.
Former Wimbledon champion Novotna died in November 2017 from most cancers, with Krejcikova’s 5-7 6-Four 6-Three victory approaching what would have been her 52nd birthday.
“It was very emotional for me, it was very special that I could win this match,” mentioned the previous world doubles primary.
“It actually made it really, really tough. I thought I cannot play for her because I’m just going to get too emotional and it’s not going to help me. I’m going to be more nervous, more tight and everything.
“So I assumed I’m simply going to go there, attempt to benefit from the match, and I see what is going on to occur.
“If I’m going to lose, still she’s going to be really happy and really proud.”
Krejcikova, who had by no means beforehand gone previous the second spherical of the singles at a Grand Slam, subsequent meets Argentina’s world quantity 131 Nadia Podoroska.
The qualifier continued her effective kind this 12 months with a 6-Three 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who couldn’t again up her win within the earlier spherical over US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka.
Podoroska, 23, who’s enjoying in simply her second Grand Slam predominant draw, has received 11 successive matches and takes her document because the restart to 20 wins and three losses.