Kenin takes a while to win, Djokovic breezes into 3rd round

PARIS   – Once Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin got going, she kept going right into the third round of the French Open. Under a closed top on Court Philippe Chatrier before pulling out a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 conquest over Ana Bogdan the fourth-seeded American started slowly Thursday under. 

“I knew I had to fight. She was playing well,” Kenin said. “First set just didn’t go my way. I could not find my rhythm. I knew I needed to change my game or else I am going to be out. Did not want that, definitely.”

With Bogdan serving at 5-1 but fail to convert them all, she also almost staggers at the end, Kenin held three match points. In the next game, Kenin had to save three break points before finally winning on her fourth match point.

Kenin will next play qualifier Irina Bara and another conquest will like her best performance at Roland Garros. She reached the fourth round last year in her second look at the tournament. 

When he chased Kenin on Chertier, it was far easier for top ranked Novak Djokovic. Djokovic in retreat Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 with the top open and light bathing the tournament’s biggest stadium after days of unhappy weather.

“I had less drop shot than the first match but I served very well today,” Djokovic said in French moments after his victory. “It’s really lovely to see fans after two or three months without fans.”

It goes for Roberto Carballes Baena. He advanced in a match lasting five hours by beating ninth-seeded Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6. Shapovalov committed 106 natural errors in the match, compared -to42 for Carballes Baena and twice served for the match.

The Canadian also had more winners than Carballes Baena, 65-31. After Shapovalov hit a forehand long and let out a loud, shout of enjoyment Carballes Baena sank to his knees. Carballes Baena wills next play 18th-seeded Grigor Dimitro has never reached the fourth round at Roland Garros.

To the third round when she beat second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2 former champion Jelena Ostapenko advanced. The roof stayed closed over the main court even though there were late-morning blue skies for their match. Ostapenko won her only major title in 2017 at Roland Garro.

The unseeded Latvian will next face either 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens or Paula Badosa. Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna was also playing a former French Open champion. She was facing 2016 winner Garbiñe Muguruza.

 Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-3 in other women’s matches. The seventh-seeded Kvitova reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2012.

Aryna Sabalenka beat Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (6), 6-0, but Danish kid Clara Tauson’s surprise Roland Garros run ended when she lost to unseeded American Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-3. The 17-year-old Tauson was the first Danish woman in the second round of any major tournament since 1989 other than former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki. 

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