June 26, 2022

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Coco Gauff and Victoria Azarenka advance to the third round of the French Open

Coco Gauff and Victoria Azarenka advance to the third round of the French Open

American teenager Coco Guff He reached the third round of the French Open with a victory Alison van Uytvanck Belgium 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Twice Grand Slam Champion Victoria Azarenka Belarus also reached the third round on Wednesday, but the US Open champion Emma Radukano and number 4 Maria Scary He was knocked out in the second round.

Gauff fell twice in the second set, but the 18-year-old broke both times and then made three fouls from 28-year-old Van Uytvanck in the tiebreak. Gauff is trying to improve her run in the quarter-finals at last year’s French Open – her best result in a major tournament.

Gauff is the youngest player left in the raffle and she celebrated her high school graduation this week with pictures at the Eiffel Tower. Van Uytvanck’s best Grand Slam result was to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2015.

Raducano, 19, lost to Alexandra Sasnovich Of Belarus 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, she finished off her first tournament appearance after failing to exploit five break points at 1-1 in the third set.

Raducanu’s loss means all four of the four Grand Slam champions are eliminated from the second round – the first time that has happened since the 2014 French Open, according to the WTA. 2021 French Open Champion Barbora Krejcikova He was eliminated in the first round, and the champion of Wimbledon and Australian Open Ash Party Retired in March.

Sasnovich won 12 of 14 service points in the second set en route to her 16th career win over the top 20. She climbed to the third round at Roland Garros for the first time in her seventh appearance.

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The 28-year-old also beat Radocano at Indian Wells last year in the Briton’s first match after winning the title at Flushing Meadows.

No. 15 Azarenka had 13 non-forced errors of Andrea PetkovicThe 42’s win 6-1, 7-6 (3). Azarenka twice won the Australian Open, reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2013.

Petkovic, 34, reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 2014, but has not made it past the third round at any major tournament since. She was a five-time claycourt champ on the tour.

Scary, who reached the semi-finals of the French Open last year, lost both halves with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) victory against Carolina Muchova. She is seeded second in the top four, along with Krizhikova, who was knocked out in the first two rounds.

No. 17 Laila Fernandeznumber 21 Angelique KerberNo. 23 Jill TishmanNo. 27 Amanda Anisimova and number 31 Elise Mertens They were also among those who qualified for the third round.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.