Sakkari edged by Siniakova

Sakkari edged by Siniakova

ROLAND GARROS - ROUND OF 64

Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
Siniakova (CZE) 7 6 6 X X
29 Sakkari (GRE) 6 7 3 X X

Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic prevailed 7-6 6-7 6-3 over Greece’s Maria Sakkari in a 3 hour and 14 minute battle in the second round of the French Open.

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Sakkari, seeded 29th in Paris, raced out to a 5-1 lead in the first set. The Czech then came back, saved a set point, and ultimately forced a tiebreak. Siniakova won the tiebreak 7-5 to take a one set lead over the Greek.

Siniakova carried this momentum into the second set, going up 2-0 early on. Sakkari then went up 3-2, only to be broken in the subsequent game. Siniakova held a match point up 5-4 and another one up 6-5, but Sakkari saved both and forced another tiebreak. The Czech took a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak, but Sakkari once again came from behind and won it 10-8 to force a decisive third set.

Siniakova, who happens to be the defending champion and current world number one in doubles, took the third set 6-3 to advance to the third round of the singles event. This marks her second win over Sakkari, as she previously beat her at last year’s Australian Open, while the Greek won their other meeting at Wimbledon in 2017. Siniakova will now face world number one Naomi Osaka of Japan in the third round on Saturday.

Sakkari was also set to compete in the doubles event with Australia’s Daria Gavrilova, however, they were forced to withdraw at the last minute due to Gavrilova being injured.

 

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