Kasatkina Ends Sakkari's Roland Garros Run
World number 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russia defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the third round of the French Open.
The Russian breezed through the opening set, comfortably taking it 6-1. In the second set, the Greek dominated and won 6-1. In the third set, Kasatkina took an early 2-0 lead and seemed to be heading to the fourth round. Sakkari would respond by leveling the set at 2-2, giving Greek fans hope that she could pull off another upset. However, this would be short-lived, as Kasatkina would then go up 5-2 and eventually take the set 6-3 to book her place in the fourth round.
Sakkari, who is currently at a career-high ranking of 38 in the world, is set to achieve a new career-high after this tournament. Depending on other results, she could be as high as 32 when the new rankings are released at the conclusion of this event. Sakkari also competed in doubles with Croatia’s Petra Martic, however they lost in the first round to the Romanian-Chinese duo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Qiang Wang, 6-3 7-6.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’ run in Paris also came to an end, as he fell in four sets in the second round to world number eight Dominic Thiem of Austria, 6-2 2-6 6-4 6-4. Despite the loss, Tsitsipas is also set to reach a new career-high ranking. Currently at 39, he could move up to 36 in the world depending on other results. The 19-year-old Greek was also set to compete in doubles with Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis, but they were forced to withdraw from the event due to Baghdatis’ injury.