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Iga Swiatek advances as only top-10 player remaining at French Open

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates a set against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro during the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio Borga/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 31 matches, downing Danka Kovinic in the third of the French Open on Saturday.

The No. 1 seed is now just one victory away from tying Justine Henin’s 32 straight match wins in 2007-08.

“For sure, I felt like she used my power in some moments, so I had to adjust a little bit more to what she was playing, and for sure played a little bit more smart,” Swiatek said of the matchup.

The 20-year-old will next take on Qinwen Zheng in the Round of 16.

The other two remaining top-10 seeds were bounced from Paris on Saturday, with No. 3 Paula Badosa retiring in her second set due to a right calf injury, handing Veronika Kudermetova the walkover victory.

No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka was upset as well, with Camila Giorgi of Italy besting the 24-year-old 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in their third-round matchup. The No. 28 seed has now won five of her last seven matches against top-10 players.

With both sides deploying an aggressive strategy, Giorgi ultimately played a cleaner game, logging three more winners and five fewer unforced errors than Sabalenka.

Giorgi will take on No. 20 Daria Kasatkina in the Italian’s first French Open Round of 16 appearance.

Jessica Pegula is the second-highest ranked player entering the fourth round after downing No. 24 Tamara Zidanšek Saturday. The American won 63 percent of her first serve points and boasted a 74 percent win percentage on her second serve to take out last year’s semifinalist.

Another American advanced Saturday, with No. 22 Madison Keys bouncing No. 16 Elena Rybakina in a three-set thriller.

The 27-year-old dropped the first set 3-6 before charging to a 6-1 second set and capturing the third 7-6 (10-3) to move on to her first fourth-round appearance at Roland Garros since 2019.