PARIS (AP) — Coco Gauff can get another shot at Iga Swiatek in the French Open. Each just needs to win one more match.
A year ago at Roland Garros, Swiatek defeated Gauff for the championship at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. This time, they would meet in the quarterfinals.
Swiatek is a 22-year-old from Poland. Gauff is a 19-year-old from the United States.
On Monday, No. 1 seed Swiatek will face Lesia Tsurenko at Court Suzanne Lenglen, while No. 6 Gauff’s fourth-round match comes against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova at Court Philippe Chatrier.
Swiatek certainly has had a smoother path so far: She won all three of her matches in Week 1 in straight sets, and four of those sets ended 6-0. Gauff, in contrast, has dropped two sets, including during a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1 victory over 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva of Russia in the third round Saturday.
WHO ELSE WON SUNDAY?
No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Novak Djokovic moved closer to a potential semifinal showdown with straight-set victories that put them in the quarterfinals. Alcaraz now plays No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Djokovic faces No. 11 Karen Khachanov. The two women’s quarterfinals that were set up are No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. Elina Svitolina, and 2021 runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Karolina Muchova. Sabalenka advanced by eliminating 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the only women’s match to be featured during a night session during this year’s tournament.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENED SUNDAY?
Doubles player Miyu Kato of Japan and her partner, Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia, were forced to forfeit a match when Kato accidentally hit a ball girl in the neck with a ball after a point.
WHO ELSE PLAYS MONDAY?
The other women’s fourth-rounders will be No. 7 Ons Jabeur against unseeded American Bernarda Pera, and No. 14 Beatriz Haddad Maia against Sara Sorribes Tormo. Men’s fourth-rounders: No. 4 Casper Ruud vs. Nicolas Jarry, No. 6 Holger Rune vs. No. 23 Francisco Cerundolo, No. 27 Yoshihito vs. Tomas Martin Etcheverry, and No. 22 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 28 Grigor Dimitrov at night.
WHEN ARE MONDAY’S MATCHES?
Play begins at 11 a.m. local time in Paris, which is 5 a.m. EDT. The first match in the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier, is Jabeur-Pera. That will be followed by Ruud-Jarry, then Gauff- Schmiedlova, which could begin at about 4:30 p.m. local time, which is 10:30 a.m. EDT. That might be around the same time that Swiatek-Tsurenko starts over on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
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Gauff is a minus-720 moneyline pick against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who is listed at plus-500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Just as she has been since before the tournament began, Swiatek is an overwhelming pick for the women’s title at minus-190. Alcaraz remains the favorite to win the men’s championship at plus-125, followed by Djokovic at plus-175.
THE NUMBER TO KNOW
17 — Consecutive quarterfinals reached at the French Open by Djokovic, breaking his tie with rival Rafael Nadal for the men’s record. Djokovic has won the title twice; Nadal 14 times.
THE QUOTE TO KNOW
“Right now, I don’t have that pressure that I used to have before.” — Elina Svitolina, after reaching the quarterfinals at her first Grand Slam tournament since taking time away from tennis while pregnant.
HOW TO WATCH
— In the U.S.: Tennis Channel, NBC, Peacock.
— In France: France TV, Amazon Prime.
— Other countries listed here.
UPCOMING SINGLES SCHEDULE
— Monday: Fourth Round (Women and Men)
— Tuesday-Wednesday: Quarterfinals (Women and Men)
— Thursday: Women’s Semifinals
— Friday: Men’s Semifinals
— Saturday: Women’s Final
— Sunday: Men’s Final