French Open 2022: Jessica Pegula enters maiden fourth round; Sabalenka, Badosa exit

US tennis player and 11th seed Jessica Pegula emerged victorious in her third round match against Tamara Zidansek.

Jessica Pegula at the 2022 Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter)

Italian tennis player and 28th seed Camila Giorgi recorded a fantastic victory in the French Open on Saturday when she beat seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka in the third round of the competition. Sabalenka’s exit was not the only shock on the cards on the day. One of the title favourites and third seed Paula Badosa also had to say her goodbyes when she retired from her match against 29th seed Veronika Kudermetova due to an injury. Elsewhere, US tennis player and 11th seed Jessica Pegula emerged victorious in her third round match against Tamara Zidansek. World no. 1 Iga Swiatek extended her winning run on the day as she beat Danka Kovinic to advance to the fourth round of the competition.

Giorgi stuns Sabalenka

Camila Giorgi of Italy stunned No. 7 seed Aryna Sabalenka 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 at Roland Garros on Saturday, reaching the Round of 16 for the first time in her career. With the 1-hour and 42-minute comeback victory over Sabalenka, No.28 seed Giorgi, who had previously reached the third round of the French Open on two occasions, set a new career-best showing at the tournament. Giorgi has recently on on a roll against Top 10 players, winning five of her past seven wins against them. She has lost 12 straight matches against the Top 10 before to that patch.

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Badosa withdraws due to injury

Third seed Paula Badosa’s French Open 2022 campaign came to an end on Saturday as she retired hurt in the third round of her women’s singles match against Veronika Kudermetova, losing 3-6, 1-2. No. 4 in the world Badosa, who reached the quarter-finals of Roland Garros in 2021, was considered one of the top seeds who may challenge Polish great Iga Swiatek for the trophy, but her run in Paris was cut short due to a leg injury. Badosa, who was playing on Suzanne Lenglen, needed medical attention for a right leg injury throughout the match and eventually decided to retire early in the second set.

Pegula enters maiden Roland Garros fourth round

Jessica Pegula, the 11th seeded American, will play in the fourth round of the French Open after defeating Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Saturday. Pegula’s third triumph was significantly easier than her previous two, in which she needed a total of 18 match points to advance: 10 in the first round and eight in the second. Only two of the top 15 seeds remain in the women’s draw, with Pegula facing Irina-Camelia Begu for a place in the quarterfinals. The other is No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

Swiatek extends winning run

Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 31 games with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Danka Kovinic in the third round of Roland Garros, albeit the No. 1 seed had to work hard to overcome a tenacious opponent in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Swiatek, the champion in 2020, has now progressed to the second week in all four of her Roland Garros outings, winning 17 of her 19 matches. Her current victory run, which began in February and includes victories at Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, and Rome, is the fourth-longest in the twenty-first century. The 20-year-old Pole is one win away from tying Justine Henin’s record of 32 wins set in 2007-08; a final would tie Serena Williams’ record of 34 set in 2013.

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