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French Open: Halep, Pliskova beaten as Swiatek, Medvedev cruise into third round

TWO-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep suffered a second-round exit at the French Open today, falling to 19-year-old Chinese Zheng Qinwen 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Court Simonne-Mathieu.

A title winner in Paris four years ago, Halep had not lost this early in the French capital since her second-round defeat in 2015.

Halep had her blood pressure checked during a changeover in the third set and never found her range as she fell to the world No.74 in just under two hours.

Zheng, playing just her second Grand Slam, awaits the winner of tonight’s clash between Alize Cornet and Jelena Ostapenko in the third round.

Meanwhile, American No.9 seed Danielle Collins was sent packing by her compatriot Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-3 in 76 minutes.

World No.1 Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 30 matches as she dropped another bagel on an opponent, this time in a 6-0, 6-2 second-round win over Alison Riske today.

Swiatek has now won 15 sets this season with a 6-0 scoreline as she continues to build one of the most dominant stretches we’ve seen in women’s tennis in a long time.

The 20-year-old next takes on Danka Kovinic of Montenegro for a spot in the last 16.

Former semi-finalist and No.22 seed Madison Keys sunk home hopes with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia to reach the Roland-Garros third round for a sixth time in eight years.

The 27-year-old American, who made the last four in Paris in 2018, will face No.16 seed Elena Rybakina for a place in the fourth round.

World No.227 Leolia Jeanjean claimed the biggest win of her career, taking down Czech No.8 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-2 to reach the third round at Roland-Garros.

The 26-year-old French wildcard was facing a top-100 player for just the second time of her career and is making her Grand Slam debut this fortnight.

Pliskova, a semi-finalist in Paris in 2017, had not lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 at a Slam since Roland-Garros 2016.

Men’s world No.2 Daniil Medvedev advanced to the third round at Roland-Garros with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Serbia’s Laslo Djere on Court Philippe-Chatrier also today.

The 26-year-old came back from a break down in the opening set, and needed a 15-and-a-half-minute game to break early in the third en route to a last-32 meeting with another Serbian, No.28 seed Miomir Kecmanovic.


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