French Open: Iga Swiatek drops first set since Stuttgart, advances to quarterfinals

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Iga Swiatek advanced to her third French Open quarterfinal Monday after taking down Qinwen Zheng in the fourth round at Roland Garros.

Her all-time French Open record now stands at 18-2.

But the road to her 32nd straight match win wasn’t without bumps. Swiatek dropped the first set to Zheng, 6-7 (7-5) — her first dropped set since Stuttgart, when she dropped the first set of the semifinals to Ludmilla Samsonova.

Zheng had to take an injury timeout in the second set, emerging from the locker room with her right leg wrapped. She continued to favor that leg, losing the second set 6-0.

The wrap was later removed for the third set, but by then Swiatek had found her groove, going up 2-0 before Zheng was able to pull one back and make it 2-1. She would make it 3-2 before Swiatek took over to win the final set 6-2.

She’ll next face Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals.

Camilla Giorgi rallied to beat No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the third round. In the fourth, however, Giorgi lost to Daris Kasatkina 2-6, 2-6. She won just 28 service points to Kasatkina’s 45.

Leylah Fernandez and Belinda Bencic went head to head in the third round with Fernandez coming out on top 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. The match was even keeled, with Fernandez winning 63 service points to Bencic’s 60.

Fernandez then took on Amanda Anisimova in the fourth round, taking down the American 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. It’s her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since advancing to the final at the US Open in 2021.

Veronika Kudermetova advanced to the last 16 after rallying to take down American Madison Keys 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. She won her third round match through a walkover after No. 3 Paula Badosa had to retire from their third round match with a right calf injury. She had been trailing 6-3, 2-1 in the match before retiring.

Already this year, the third-best player in the world had beaten Kudermetova in Indian Wells and Madrid.

Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens both easily advanced past their third and fourth round opponents. The two will now face off against one another in the quarterfinals.