French Open 2021: Iga Swiatek advances to fourth round, Elina Svitolina knocked out

Iga Swiatek of Poland put on a fabulous performance as the defending champion entered the fourth round while Sofia Kenin had to struggle to enter the next round.

Iga Swiatek of Poland is the defending champion and she is through to the fourth round of French Open 2021. (Image credit: Twitter)

Iga Swiatek, the defending French Open champion, put on a fabulous display in the French Open on Saturday. Polish teenager Iga Swiatek defeated Anett Kontavelt 7-6 (4), 6-0 to advance to the fourth round. Iga Swiatek’s experience, strong return of serve and consistency served her in good stead. On the other hand, Sofia Kenin of the USA overcame a loss in the first set to win her third round match against Jessica Pegula. After losing the first set 4-6, Kenin rallied to win the next two sets 6-1,6-4.

However, there was a major upset in the third round of the French Open. Fifth seed Elina Svitolina was thrashed in straight sets by Barbora Krejcikova. Svitolina lost 3-6,2-6 as her chances of winning a major Grand Slam title took another big hit. Elise Mertens of Belgium,the 14th seed, also crashed out of the tournament when she lost 5-7, 7-6 (2), 2-6 to Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

Coco Gauff got a walkover as her 13th seeded opponent Jennifer Brady suffered an injury and could not complete the game. Sloane Stephens managed to beat Karolina Muchova 6-3,7-5 in a day of some upsets.

Kenin goes through the hard way After Iga Swiatek wins

Kenin is the only one of the top-five seeds in the French Open women’s draw, through to the fourth round. Speaking after the match, the American said she was happy to enter the next round.

“Leading up to French Open, I wasn’t practising the best. I took it easy, one match at a time. I am just really happy the way I was playing. It was a match of ups and downs,” Kenin said.

Serena Williams of the USA, who is already through to the fourth round, will play Elena Rybakina. Serena is gunning for a world record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. A win for Serena will put her level with Australian legend Margaret Court who also has 24 Grand Slam titles.

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