Unseeded players steal the show in second round of 2022 Roland Garros

US tennis player and ninth seed Danielle Collins said her goodbyes as well after losing to compatriot Shelby Rogers.

Unseeded American player Shelby Rogers after beating ninth seed Danielle Collins in Paris. (Image: Twitter)

The 2022 French Open is only in its second round but there have been surprises galore. Thursday saw three of the higher ranked seeds lose their respective matches against much lower ranked opponents. The biggest shock of the day probably was the the exit of veteran tennis player and 19th seed Simona Halep at the hands of China’s Qinwen Zheng. US tennis player and ninth seed Danielle Collins said her goodbyes as well after losing to compatriot Shelby Rogers. Karolina Pliskova also had a bad day at the office as she lost to French tennis player Leolia Jeanjean. Elsewhere, it was just another day at the office for world no. 1 Iga Swiatek who recorded her 30th straight win in all competitions.

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Qinwen outplays Halep

Zheng Qinwen stunned 2018 winner Simona Halep 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of Roland Garros on Thursday. She came back from a set and a break down to win the match 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. Zheng, 19, needed little under two hours to complete the comeback and go to the third round of a major for the first time. Following her major debut in this year’s Australian Open, Zheng is competing in only her second Grand Slam event. No. 74 in the world In her career, Zheng has gone 0-3 against Top 20 players, including a straight-sets loss in the Melbourne Summer Set 1 semifinals to former World No. 1 Simona Halep in January. But Zheng ultimately got her first win against that group, this time defeating No.19 seed Halep. In the match, Zheng smashed 27 wins, more than three times Halep’s nine.

Shelby Rogers ousts Danielle Collins

Shelby Rogers defeated 9th-seeded Collins 6-4, 6-3 in a battle of Americans to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2017. Collins is the seventh top-10 seed to drop out of the tournament. Next up for Rogers, who is rated 50th, is Russian Daria Kasatkina, who is seeded 20th. Rogers defeated Czech Tereza Martincova (6-4, 6-3) in the previous round, while Collins defeated Bulgarian fortunate loser Viktoriya Tomova (6-0, 6-4). She was down 0-4 after a poor start in which she couldn’t keep the ball in play.

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Pliskova’s French farewell

In front of her local fans, Leolia Jeanjean stunned No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-2 in 75 minutes to go to the third round of the Roland Garros. Jeanjean, 26, had never played a Top 50 player or competed in a tour-level main draw before this week. In a show of flair and innovation, she knocked out No.45-ranked Nuria Parrizas Diaz in the first round and secured her first Top 10 triumph on Court Simonne-Mathieu. This is the latest in a string of outstanding performances by lower-ranked Frenchwomen at Roland Garros. In the third round, Jeanjean will face Diane Parry, who defeated defending champion Barbora Krejcikova in her opener.

Swiatek still going strong

Iga Swiatek continued her winning streak in the second round of the French Open on Thursday, defeating American Alison Riske 6-0, 6-2. In 61 minutes, Swiatek blasted 23 winners against 15 unforced errors, and she only dropped 10 points in seven service games. With the triumph, she advanced to 3-0 against Riske, with all three victories coming on clay; they met in Madrid and Rome last year. Swiatek has been quoted as noting that she has been taking her matches one point at a time during her winning streak. At the start of the second set, that mindset was on full display against Riske.

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