French Open 2022: Angelique Kerber, Belinda Bencic knocked out in 3rd round, Coco Gauff progresses


3-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber was knocked out of French Open 2022 in the women’s singles third round. Kerber lost to World No. 47 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets at Court Simmone Mathieu on Friday, May 27.

Belarusian Sasnovch, who is playing under a neutral flag, has been making heads turn at Roland Garros after having eliminated US Open champion Emma Raducanu in the second set.

She next faces Italian player Martina Trevisan, whose best result at a Grand Slam was the quarterfinals at Roland Garros two years ago.

LEYLAH OUSTS BENCIC

Meanwhile, US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez reached the fourth round at the French Open for the first time.

Playing on the center court, Philipe Chatriier, Leylah did not get overwhelmed by the sense of the occasion as she defeated Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Leylah is bidding to script history as the best result for a Canadian woman at the French Open has been a semi-final finishfor Eugine Bouchard in 2014.

The 17th-seeded Fernandez broke Bencic in the 11th game of the deciding set and served out the match. She had saved two set points in the opener.

Fernandez next faces 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who reached the Roland Garros semifinals in 2019.

Coco Gauff into the 4th round

Coco Gauff reached the fourth round at the French Open by beating Kaia Kanepi.

The 18-year-old Gauff, the youngest remaining woman in the draw, defeated the 36-year-old Kanepi, the oldest remaining woman, 6-3, 6-4.

The young American is trying to improve on her quarterfinal run at Roland Garros a year ago.

Gauff had six aces — and five double-faults — while her Estonian opponent made 29 unforced errors. The teenager has not dropped a set in her first three matches.

Gauff next faces No. 31 Elise Mertens.



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