Are we heading for a new duel between Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek at Roland-Garros? The world No. 6 and outgoing finalist, qualified, Monday, June 5, for the quarterfinals, where she could find the world No. 1, as in the final of the 2022 edition.
Gauff dismissed Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (100th) 7-5, 6-2 in about 1 hour 30 minutes on the once again windy Centre Court. Swiatek faces Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko (66th) later in the day.
"I didn't expect it to be this windy, I hadn't played on this court yet this year, on one side (of the court) it was difficult to hit the ball well, but I live in Florida, so it's not really an excuse," smiled the 19-year-old American, who led 5-2 before seeing Schmiedlova close the gap in the first set.
This is the third year in a row that Gauff has reached the quarterfinals on the Parisian clay. A year ago, Swiatek dominated her 6-1, 6-3 in the final.
Ons Jabeur and Beatriz Haddad Maia qualified
Seven of the eight qualified for the quarterfinals of the women's draw are now known. Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, ranked seventh in the world, easily dominated American Bernarda Pera (36th) 6-3, 6-1 on Monday on Centre Court to reach the quarterfinals of Roland-Garros.
She will face Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia, ranked 14th in the world, who managed to snatch victory Monday against Spain's Sara Sorribes, after a match of 3:51, the third longest of the Open era at Roland-Garros.
Haddad, 27, had to wait until her fourth match ball to defeat Spain's Sara Sorribes (132nd) 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-5 to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
She became the first Brazilian to reach this stage of the tournament since Maria Bueno, at the very beginning of the Open era, in 1968, already in Paris.
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Casper Ruud wins against Nicolas Jarry
On the men's side, Casper Ruud, 4th in the world and last year's finalist, fought three sets and 3:20 to defeat Chilean Nicolas Jarry (35th) 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 and qualify for the quarterfinals at Roland-Garros.
"It's been three very, very difficult sets... How long would it have lasted if we had gone to the fifth set?" asked the 24-year-old Norwegian, adding that he was "ready if we had to play more".
"It serves very well and fortunately this court (Philippe-Chatrier) is the one that has the most perspective, it allowed me to restart from far behind my baseline," he added.
Ruud, who also played in the final of the US Open last year, will try to find the last square in Paris on Wednesday, facing the Danish prodigy Holger Rune (6th) or the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo (23rd).
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