Serena moves on, Bencic Falls

The obvious absence of the calendar for Day 4 at Roland-Garros was second seed Naomi Osaka. Controversy continues over media responsibilities and mandatory press obligations. Perhaps the best result is a frank conversation about mental health.

Venus Williams suffered another first round loss, this time on the doubles court. Playing alongside Coco Gauff, the pair fell in a tight three-set clash at 13e seeds Zheng Saisai and Ellen Perez. Hopefully Venus will do better on the grass swing.

Recap of the 4th open day in France

Belinda Bencic – from Flawless to Foiled

Belinda Bencic scored an almost flawless victory in the first round. Wednesday, the 10the Seeded won just four games en route to a 2-6 2-6 loss to Daria Kasatkina. It’s not that Bencic has underperformed. All the credit goes to the reborn Russian, whose game translates so well on clay. Gone are the capricious service that opponents loved to punish. Today Kasatkina landed eight aces. Bencic got stuck by Kasatkina’s topspin forehand. And it is Kasatkina who controlled the exchanges and passes to the third round where she will meet Sorana Cirstea.

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Aryna Sabalenka and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova set for third round clash

It has been a good season for third seed Sabalenka. The Belarusian has the second most touring wins this season with 27. Today’s victory set up a third round clash with No.31 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. A repeat of the Madrid semi-final in which Pavlyuchenkova seeks a different result. With Sabalenka’s power and much better precision, it’s hard to see her bow out at this point.

Veronika Kudermetova runs out of three smugglers

It was undoubtedly a heartbreaking loss for the 29e plant. Leading 5-2 in the first set, Katerina Siniakova managed to pull it off in a tie-break. After taking the second set and rushing to a 5-1 lead in the decider, Kudermetova watches this ebb as Siniakova continued to shoot with pinpoint precision.

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Victoria Azarenka to face a challenge at Madison Keys in round three

Victoria Azarenka did not have much time on clay behind her entry at Roland Garros. Still, she passed the first two hurdles. It took the No.15 seed almost an hour to win the opening set. Those line-paint shots continued to put the ball just beyond Tauson’s reach, securing the victory. Madison Keys, the 23rdrd seeded Leylah Fernandez to set up a second meeting with Azarenka. The Belarusian leads 1-0 head to head.

Serena Williams takes a step closer to # 24

Seventh seed Serena Williams advances to the third round. It’s not a straightforward victory, as Serena saw part of Mihaela Buzarnescu’s shot. Still, Serena has shown why she can easily be considered the greatest of all time. After losing the second set, Williams dominated the decider, dropping just one game. Serena will meet Danielle Collins on Friday. Collins, meanwhile, was absolutely dominant in a 6-0 6-2 win over Anhelina Kalinina.

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