French Open: Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez in the fourth round of Roland Garros | tennis news

The two teenagers move on to the second week at Roland Garros; Coco Gauff has won all of her matches so far in straight sets; Leylah Fernandez will now make an appearance in the second week of the French Open for the first time

Last update: 05/27/22 14:55

Coco Gauff reached the French Open quarterfinals last year

Coco Gauff reached the French Open quarterfinals last year

Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez advanced to the fourth round of the French Open and Fernandez reached the second week of the Grand Slam on clay for the first time in her career.

Gauff showed her confidence on clay during her 6-3, 6-4 straight-set victory over World No.46 Kaia Kanepi on Friday.

Fernandez went the distance on Court Philippe-Chatrier and came out on top 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 after a long contest with Belinda Bencic.

The match between Sloane Stephens and Diane Parry will follow Novak Djokovic’s meeting with Aljaz Bedene on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Rafael Nadal, Cameron Norrie and Carlos Alcaraz have third-round matches to play on Friday.

Gauff Compound fires Kanepi

On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Gauff continued to show that she will not be intimidated by opponents who have been on Tour much longer than she has.

His third-round opponent, Kanepi, is twice his age and was playing an ITF event the week after Gauff was born.

Gauff and Kanepi spent just 83 minutes on the court, with the American closing out the match with her first match point. She has now won her first three draw matches this year in straight sets.

Gauff is the 18th seed and reached the quarterfinals 12 months ago, before losing to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Gauff will face Elise Mertens in the fourth round.

Gauff will face Elise Mertens in the fourth round.

“I knew it was going to be a tough game,” Gauff said on court afterward.

“She beat [Garbine] Muguruza in the first round, who is a difficult player to beat. I also played against her in the past and we had a close and difficult two-set match.

“I’ve been coming to France since I was 10 years old, so I think that helped me a lot. I guess it makes me a clay court player… I don’t want to say a specialist, but you know, good at it!”

Gauff will next test her clay-court skills against 31st-seeded Elise Mertens, who also came in straight sets.

Fernández wins thriller to reach the second week

Fellow teenager Fernandez reached the second week at Roland Garros for the first time after her 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Bencic.

Fernandez and Bencic spent two hours and 49 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier, with the Canadian trailing 2-0 in the decider before emerging victorious.

“I’m very happy with the game and thanks to everyone for the support,” Fernandez said. “It was a difficult game, but it is one of my dreams to be able to play on this court.”

Anisimova classified after Muchova’s injury

Amanda Anisimova, Fernandez’s fourth-round opponent, advanced after Karolina Muchova was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury.

Muchova, who eliminated title hopeful Maria Sakkari early in the draw, won the first set against Anisimova, coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the tiebreak. She then requested a medical timeout and had her left thigh bandaged.

Physical problems continued soon after for Muchova; she sprained her right ankle and fell while trying to return it 2-2 in the second set.

Amanda Anisimova will play Leylah Fernandez in the fourth round

Amanda Anisimova will play Leylah Fernandez in the fourth round

Muchova hid her face in her towel and wept as the physio wrapped her ankle tightly. She tried to play through the pain, before finally calling time out in the match at 6-7 (9-7) 6-2 3-0 down.

“It’s very difficult and I feel really bad for her,” Anisimova said of her opponent. “She’s had a tough year with injuries.”

Three years ago, Anisimova, 20, became the youngest American to reach the Roland Garros semifinals since Jennifer Capriati in 1990.

Anisimova and Fernandez have met on Tour only once before, with Anisimova having to withdraw from their competition at Indian Wells this year.

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