Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard was bounced from the French Open on Friday, falling in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) to Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.
It is the second-consecutive year the 19-year-old Swiatek has advanced to the fourth round, and she has lost only 13 games so far at Roland Garros, not dropping a set along the way. She opened her campaign with a first-round upset of 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova.
Swiatek hit 30 winners and converted six of her 13 break points against the 168th-ranked Bouchard, of Westmount, Que. Swiatek broke three times in the opening set and again at the start of the second set. Bouchard did claw back to 2-2 but the last four games were one-way traffic.
Leylah Annie Fernandez, 18, is now the lone Canadian left standing in singles draws at Roland Garros. In order to reach the fourth round in her French Open debut, she’ll have to beat No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova. The 30-year-old Czech was ranked second in the world as recently as January 2019. She’s won Wimbledon twice and has banked more than $32 million US in prize money. Their match is Saturday.
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Third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine also advanced on Friday. The two-time French Open quarter-finalist defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 7-5.
Thiem gets by Ruud
Third seed Dominic Thiem was not at his best but still had enough firepower to see off the challenge from Norway’s Casper Ruud with a 6-4 6-3 6-1 win to march into the fourth round.
The U.S. Open champion, who lost two Rafa Nadal in the last two finals at Roland Garros, struggled with his serve in the opening set and faced six breakpoints but improved as the match progressed under the closed roof of Court Philippe Chatrier.
Facing the 21-year-old Ruud for the first time, the Austrian broke the 28th seed’s serve six times and hit 32 winners to seal the match with a fifth ace on his second match point.
Thiem, 27, will next meet the winner of the match between former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and local hope Hugo Gaston.