Women’s singles seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka has reached the third round of the 2022 French Open while former champion Simona Halep suffered a shocking exit at the hands of Qinwen Zheng.
French Open 2022: Simona Halep knocked out, Aryna Sabalenka progresses (Reuters Photo)
- Rogers upset 9th-seeded Collins 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round
- Simona Halep were knocked out in the women’s singles’ second round
- Aryna Sabalenka has progressed to the third round of French Open
American ninth seed Danielle Collins and former champion Simona Halep were knocked out in the women’s singles’ second round of the French Open on Thursday. Meanwhile, Aryna Sabalenka has progressed to the third round of the 2022 French Open. Sabalenka tamed Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3
In a battle of Americans, Shelby Rogers upset 9th-seeded Collins 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2017. Collins is the seventh top-10 seed to lose.
On the other hand, Chinese teenager Qinwen Zheng pulled off a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 upset of the 2018 Roland Garros champion at Court Simonne-Mathieu. The 74th-ranked Zheng amassed 27 winners to Halep’s nine to earn a trip to the third round on her French Open debut.
The 19th-seeded Halep was looking for her 21st win of the season. The 2019 Wimbledon champion had beaten Zheng in Melbourne in January.
Zheng, playing only her second major after making her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open, will meet the winner of the match between local hope Alize Cornet and former champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the third round.
Madison Keys advanced to the third round at Roland Garros after beating Caroline Garcia 6-4, 7-6 (3). The 2017 U.S. Open runner-up relied on her dominant serve to get past her French opponent on Court Philippe Chatrier.
The 22nd-seeded American will next face 16th-seeded Elena Rybakina, the only woman with more aces than Keys this season. Keys at one point got her necklace stuck in her hair so chair umpire Jaume Campistol helped her untangle it.