French Open: Stephens ousts Muchova to reach fourth round; Kenin into last-16

Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens overcame an attacking Karolina Muchova on the French Open on Saturday, ousting the Czech 18th seed with a 6-3 7-5 victory and progressing to the fourth spherical.

Former world quantity three Stephens, who reached the ultimate at Roland Garros in 2018, has slipped down the rankings and presently sits in 59th place.

However the 28-year-old’s expertise and consistency helped her fend off the problem from Muchova, 4 years her junior, who stored dashing to the web to unsettle Stephens however with out a lot success.

Australian Open semi-finalist Muchova gained simply 36% of her web factors as Stephens landed 84% of her first serves and broke the Czech 4 instances in all.

In her first spherical match in opposition to Carla Suarez Navarro, Stephens got here inside two factors of defeat. After combating again for the win, she notched up her first victory over a top-20 opponent for the reason that finish of 2018 when she upset ninth seed Karolina Pliskova.

Muchova had loads of issues on her serve early on, and a lone break within the fourth sport was sufficient for her American opponent, who gained her dwelling main in 2017, to take the opening set on the Simonne Mathieu court docket.

After a double change of breaks within the second set, Stephens then took a 3rd break to seal the win and arrange a conflict in opposition to one other Czech, Barbora Krejcikova, who ousted fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2.

Kenin roars again to topple Pegula in all-American conflict

Fourth seed Sofia Kenin rallied from a set down to e-book a spot within the French Open last-16 on Saturday, defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Court docket Suzanne-Lenglen.

Kenin, who completed runner-up to Iga Swiatek final 12 months, made a brilliant begin to take a 3-0 lead earlier than unforced errors crept into her sport, permitting Pegula to discover her rhythm and draw stage at 4-4.

Pegula, whose solely WTA title got here in 2019, confirmed unimaginable court docket protection as she broke her opponent for the third time for a 5-4 lead earlier than serving out the opening set.

However Kenin roared again, dropping only one sport within the second set and pushing Pegula across the court docket with pinpoint groundstrokes.

The 2020 Australian Open champion carried the momentum into the ultimate set as she broke Pegula twice within the opening three video games earlier than serving out the ultimate sport, reserving a spot within the second week of the match.

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