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Roland-Garros: what to remember from Thursday, May 26


It’s off to a fifth day at Roland-Garros. On the program for this Thursday 26, five Frenchmen are treading the courts. Léolia Jeanjean, 227th in the world, qualified for the third round, as did the young Hugo Gaston and Gilles Simon. Among the favorites, Iga Swiatek took place, and Stefanos Tsitsipas qualified at nightfall.


The days follow one another at Roland-Garros. For this fifth day, the world number 2, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, won his challenge on the Central against the Serbian Laslo Djere. On the women’s side, world number one and ultra-favorite Iga Swiatek continued her crazy winning streak by beating American Alison Riske. This Thursday, five French people were on the track. This was the case of the heroes of the first round, Gilles Simon and Hugo Gaston, who qualified for the third round in the men’s category.

As for the ladies, Léolia Jeanjean won in the morning, unlike Caroline Garcia, short of competition, who was eliminated in the afternoon. Alizé Cornet had the privilege of playing in the evening on the Philippe Chartrier court, against the seed number 13 and winner of Roland-Garros in 2017, the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

The objective for the French will be to do better than Wednesday, punctuated by four defeats and a single victory, signed Diane Parry. Follow this fourth day of Roland-Garros live thanks to our special correspondents on site and throughout the day on Europe 1, the tournament’s official radio.

Gilles Simon plays extra time for his last Roland

Frenchman Gilles Simon, 37 and ex-6th in the world, announced that he would end his career at the end of the year. But before that, the Niçois prolongs the pleasure Porte d’Auteuil. After a courageous first victory against the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, Gilles Simon won against the American Steve Johnson in three sets (7-5, 6-1, 7-6) and will play the third round of the Internationals of France.

Hugo Gaston back in the third round

Hugo Gaston, eighth-finalist at Roland-Garros two years ago, qualified without wasting time for the third round at the expense of the Argentinian Pedro Cachin (153rd) 6-4, 6-2, 6 -4 in just over two hours on Thursday. In the first round, Gaston (74th, 21) defeated world number 20 Alex de Minaur in the fifth set super tie-break after a long four-hour fight.

Again on the Suzanne-Lenglen court, the small Toulouse left-hander (1.73 m) this time quickly confused his South American opponent with his variations and his signature shot, the drop shot. He managed twenty.

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The French Léolia Jeanjean in the third round!

Léolia Jeanjean continues her fine career at Roland-Garros and offers herself a feat in the process: the 227th player in the world eliminated the Czech Karolina Pliskova, 8th in the world, 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday and won her ticket for the third round. . Beneficiary of a wild card, the Frenchwoman, ex-hope of tricolor tennis participates at 26 years in her first Grand Slam. To try to get her place in the round of 16, she will face either the Russian under neutral banner Ekaterina Alexandrova (31st) or the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (63rd).

Garcia resists but gives in to Keys

Caroline Garcia, 79th in the world but short of competition, was eliminated despite strong resistance by the American Madison Keys (22nd) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), Thursday in the second round of Roland-Garros. Broken in the first set, the 27-year-old Frenchwoman managed to catch up to come back to 4-5 but immediately lost her service game to concede the set.

In the second, she held on until the tie break which quickly turned to her opponent’s advantage. Garcia, quarter-finalist on clay in Paris in 2017, his best result in a Grand Slam tournament, had obtained a “very good victory”, in his words, in the first round against Taylor Townsend (342nd) 6-3, 6 -4.

A formality for Iga Swiatek

54 minutes in the first round, 61 in the second: World number one Iga Swiatek kept pace to qualify for the third round of Roland-Garros 6-0, 6-2 at the expense of American Alison Riske (36th) on Thursday . Her series of consecutive wins, from Doha in February to Paris, now stretches to 30. She thus becomes the fourth player since the beginning of the century to achieve a series of at least thirty victories, after the Williams sisters and Justine Henin. .

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Halep eliminated in the second round

Simona Halep, 19th in the world and former winner of Roland-Garros in 2018, was eliminated Thursday in the second round of the Parisian Grand Slam, beaten by the Chinese Zheng Qinwen (74th), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. From the middle of the meeting, the Romanian did not seem to be at her best physically. Several times she appeared out of breath, even having to take a minute to squat with her forehead resting on her racquet several times. She ended up calling the doctor twice during the 3rd set, then resuming the game. But despite the encouragement of the public, she failed to regain the upper hand, leaving Zheng to chain the games.

Calm, Medvedev qualifies

World number 2 Daniil Medvedev did not have to force too much on Thursday to climb to the 3rd round of Roland-Garros at the expense of Serbian Laslo Djere (56th) whom he beat 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in 2h35. The task may be more complicated in the next round for the 26-year-old Russian who has little taste for clay and who will face another Serb, Miomir Kecmanovic (31st), who beat Alexander Bublik on Thursday.

After winning the first two sets, Medvedev was hooked in the third by an opponent who managed a lot of winning points (39 in total). But the Serb also committed a lot of unforced errors (68) which allowed the Russian to control the game.

Badosa, 3rd in the world, qualified for the third round

World number 4 Paula Badosa battled for more than two and a quarter hours and made up for a late break in the third set to oust Slovenian Kaja Juvan (68th) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in the second round of Roland -Garros Thursday. After two contested first sets, Juvan broke from the start of the decisive set to lead 1-0. But diminished by a visibly painful back, she only scored one game afterwards.

Nadal easy winner Wednesday night

Rafael Nadal, thirteen times crowned on clay in Paris, emerged clearly victorious from his left-handed duel with Frenchman Corentin Moutet, 139th in the world and guest, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of Roland-Garros Wednesday evening. In the first round on Monday, the Spaniard with a record 21 Grand Slam trophies had left only six games for Australian Jordan Thompson (82nd), beaten 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

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