Serena Williams is trying extra like a French Open contender day-after-day and she or he produced her greatest efficiency of the event thus far to beat Danielle Collins 6-4 6-4.
The 23-time grand slam singles champion is the one top-10 participant left within the backside half of the draw after third seed Aryna Sabalenka suffered an error-strewn loss to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from a set down in opposition to John Isner within the night time session whereas Daniil Medvedev beat one other large American, Reilly Opelka, as his new-found liking for clay continued.
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Davidovich Fokina’s animal rescue
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is flying excessive at Roland Garros however tennis just isn’t the Spaniard’s solely ardour. He’s such an animal lover that earlier this yr he arrange a web based pet adoption platform that goals to attach anybody seeking to undertake or foster a pet with shelters and rescue centres throughout Spain.
The 21-year-old stated: “It’s going very nicely. Each week now we have extra shelters that they’re placing their canine and cats (on).”
Hewett bidding for a repeat
Britain’s Alfie Hewett gained his fourth wheelchair grand slam singles title at Roland Garros final yr and the 23-year-old made a robust begin to the defence of his title by beating Joachim Gerard 6-1 6-4 however there have been defeats for Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley.
Fritz wants operation
American Taylor Fritz left the court docket in a wheelchair after his loss to Dominik Koepfer on Thursday. The unhealthy information is the American wants a knee operation however the excellent news is he would possibly nonetheless be match for Wimbledon.
Ladies: Aryna Sabalenka (3), Madison Keys (23)Males: Casper Ruud (15), Fabio Fognini (27), Reilly Opelka (32)
Who’s up subsequent?
British quantity two Cameron Norrie will get one other shot at Rafael Nadal, with the pair assembly for the third time this season within the third spherical on Saturday.
Roger Federer takes his flip within the night time session on Philippe Chatrier in opposition to German Dominik Koepfer whereas Novak Djokovic meets Ricardas Berankis.
Defending champion Iga Swiatek meets Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit whereas there are two all-American clashes between Sofia Kenin and Jessica Pegula, and Coco Gauff and Jennifer Brady.