Roland Garros: Jessica Pegula falls to Elise Mertens; Sabalenka does not tremble
The number three in the world, the American Jessica Pegulafell this Friday in the third round of Roland Garros in two sets, 6-1 and 6-3, against the Belgian elise mertensnumber 28 of the WTA.
Mertens overwhelmed her rival in the first set, who had no answers to the superior game of the Belgian at all levels.
Pegula, quarterfinalist at Roland Garros last year, improved somewhat in the second round, but not enough to reverse the direction of the duel, settled in one hour and 22 minutes.
In the end, Mertens won all five of her break chances, to just one of six for Pegula, who also made far more unforced errors (28 to 13).
After the elimination on Wednesday of the French Caroline García (fifth favourite), the women's team thus loses another of the main players, which paves the way for the two great aspirants: the world number one, the Polish Iga Swiatekand number two, Aryna Sabalenka.
Sabalenka does not tremble on her way to the Eighth
The Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka did not tremble on her way to the Round of 16 at Roland Garros, which she will play for the first time in her career after defeating the Russian Kamilla Rakhimova82 in the world, by 6-2 and 6-2.
At 25 years old, Australian Open 2023, thus chaining 10 consecutive Grand Slam victories and appearing in the second week of the tournament without having given up a set and leaving a great sensation on the court.
After three defeats in the third round, the Belarusian breaks her ceiling in Paris, the only big one in which she has not played the Semifinals.
Sabalenka has had good results this season on clay, where she has been the great rival of Swiatek, world number 1 and defending champion.
The Belarusian lost the Stuttgart Final against the Pole, but took her revenge in Madrid.
His next rival for a place in the Quarterfinals will be the American Sloane Stephens, number 30 in the ranking.
(With information from EFE)
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