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Serena Williams advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after beating compatriot Daniel Rose Collins 6-4, 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 25 minutes.
Serena Williams along with world number 2 Daniil Medvedev and sixth seed Alexander Zverev have reached the fourth round of the French Open. In the third round played on Friday, Serena Williams defeated compatriot Daniel Rose Collins 6-4, 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 25 minutes. Serena, who has won 23 Grand Slams so far, has reached the fourth round of the French Open for the third time.
Besides Serena, among women, world number 32 Russian Anastasia Pavlenchenkova defeated Aryna Sebalenka of Belarus 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 to reach the pre-quarterfinals. She will next face Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Two players from Kazakhstan reached the pre-quarterfinals for the first time
Two Kazakhstani players, tournament 21st seed Elena Rybakina and 23-year-old Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, also made it to the pre-quarterfinals for the first time.
Elena defeated Russian player Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-4 in the third round, while Tamara defeated world number-68 Katerina Sinyakova of the Czech Republic 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Elena next faces Serena, while Tamara will take on the winner of the match between Romanian Sorana Cristia and Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the pre-quarterfinals.
Medvedev, Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas advance to men’s fourth round
German player Alexander Zverev has also reached the men’s fourth round. He won the third round 6–2, 7–5, 6–2 over Laslo Jere. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, on the other hand, defeated Riley Opelka of the United States 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the fourth round. Apart from these, Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the men’s pre-quarterfinals.
Barty and Japan’s Naomi Osaka withdrew from the tournament
World No. 1 female tennis players Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka have pulled out of the tournament. Barty decided to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. She suffered an injury during her second round match against Magda Linet of Poland, after which Barty left the match midway. At the same time, Naomi Osaka had decided to withdraw from the tournament due to mental pressure.