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French Open: Tsitsipas looking for first Grand Slam in third round, 2017…


Stefanos Tsitsipas
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The fifth seed Stefano Tsitsipas of Greece, who is considered a tough opponent in the French Open-2023 of veteran Novak Djokovic, won an easy victory in the second round, forgetting the struggle of the first round. Tsitsipas, who lost in a hard-fought final to Djokovic in the 2021 French Open, beat 30-year-old Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 to enter the third round . There were two upsets at the French Open on Wednesday (May 31) as 2017 winner Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and 24th seed Sebastian Korda of the United States suffered second round exits.

Tsitsipas, who reached the final of the Australian Open this year, is still looking for his first Grand Slam. In the first round, he had a tough fight with Jiri Vesely. Tsitsipas could face US Open champion Carlos Alcarez of Spain in the quarterfinals. After the win, Tsitsipas said that he entered this Grand Slam without a plan, nor is he going to enter with a plan in the future. Instead of planning, he will try to mold himself according to the immediate circumstances.

Fognini will also win gold

The first upset of the fourth day saw 24th seeded American Sebastian Korda, son of former Czechoslovak tennis player, 1990 French Open runner-up and 1996 Australian Open winner Petr Korda, going down in the second round to Austria’s Sebastian Ofner in straight sets 6-3, 7- Was defeated 6 (1), 6-4. Sebastian Korda’s sister Nellie Korda of America is a well-known golfer. Fabio Fognini of Italy defeated Jason Kubler of Australia 6-4, 7-6, 6-2. Lorenzo Sonego of Italy defeated Ugo Humbert of France 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to enter the third round.

Svitolina made it to the third round

The biggest upset of the fourth day in the women’s section came in the form of the defeat of 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. Ostapenko was defeated 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 by Peyton Sterns of America in a three-set clash. Ostapenko’s defeat was preceded by a loss to 2021 winner Barbara Krajcikova at the hands of Liza Surenko on Tuesday.

This means that in the women’s section, Inga Swiatek remains the only female tennis player to have won the French Open title. Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, playing her first Grand Slam after becoming a mother, defeated Australia’s Storm Sanders 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in three sets. Earlier on Tuesday, her husband, French tennis player Gael Monfils, defeated Sebastien Baez in a hard-fought battle amid strong home support.

Easy win for third seed Pegula

American third seed Jessica Pegula advanced to the third round. She got a walkover from Italy’s Camilla Giorgi. Pegula had won the first set 6-2 when Camila pulled out. 28th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium defeated Colombia’s Camila Osorio Serrano 6-3, 7-6. At the same time, ninth seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia defeated Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4. He will face Peyton Stunners in the third round. 24th seed Anastasia Potapova of Russia defeated Mayar Sherif of Egypt 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Jeevan-Balaji pair lost in the first round

Bad start for India

The Indian has not had a good start in the French Open. In men’s doubles, the pair of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and N Sriram Balaji lost 3-6, 4-6 to Ilya Ivashka of Belarus and Alexey Poprin of Australia in the first round.

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