French Open 2022: Victoria Azarenka ousted in 3rd round, John Isner stunned by Spanish qualifier


French Open 2022; Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was knocked out in the women’s singles 3rd round while American John Isner was knocked out by a Spanish qualifier on Friday.

Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was knocked out in the women’s singles 3rd round (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Azarenka was knocked out by Swiss 23rd seed Jil Teichmann
  • Teichmann will face Sloane Stephens in the last-16 round
  • John Isner was stunned in the men’s singles 3rd round

2-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka was stunned in the 3rd round of the women’s singles competition at the French Open on Friday, May 27. The former World No. 1 lost a marathon battle to Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann. 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) to crash out of the competition.

Jil Teichmann set up a 4th round clash with Sloane Stephens.

Stephens, the 2018 runner-up but unseeded this year in Paris, faced a potentially tricky opponent in French hope Diane Parry, who had ousted defending champion Barbora Krejcikova in the opening round. But Stephens won 6-2, 6-3.

Azarenka looked to be cruising to a comfortable victory when she broke Teichmann to go 4-2 up in the second with her powerful baseline play and continuous drop shots dictating the game.

But in a reversal of the opening set, it was the 24-year-old Swiss left-hander’s turn to battle back, mixing it up and clinching five of the next six games to force a decider.

Teichmann kept up the pressure and, after the pair traded two breaks each, won the tiebreak in the final set.

ISNER STUNNED

In another major upset in the men’s singles draw, Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time. He defeated American 23rd seed John Isner 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 in a contest that lasted nearly 3 and half hours.



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