Jessica Pegula ousted in the 3rd round, while Aryna Sabalenka advances

Jessica Pegula was unable to repeat her quarter-final this time at Roland-Garros 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jessica Pegula was unable to repeat her quarter-final this time at Roland-Garros 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Recap of day 5 of Roland-Garros

The third round of Roland-Garros has been difficult for the Americans so far.

Third-seeded Jessica Pegula fell in straight sets to 28th-seeded Elise Mertens 6-1, 6-3. It’s the fourth time the Belgian has reached the fourth round of a major tournament since 2022, although she has never passed it. Mertens is also 3-0 against Pegula one-on-one. Unseeded Peyton Stearns couldn’t upset ninth seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia in a 6-0, 6-1 loss after Stearns advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his tennis career.

Sloane Stephens is yet to face her third-round contender, Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

Sabalenka easily moves on

Belarus’ No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka made quick work of Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Sabalenka is looking to build on her 2023 campaign after winning the Australian Open in January. It is also Sabalenka’s biggest progression at Roland-Garros in her career.

“I think every tournament is different,” Sabalenka said after the match, “especially Roland Garros is different from the Australian Open, a completely different surface. [But] It’s really good to have a Grand Slam in your pocket, it gives you so much confidence. I hope I will do well here in Paris.”

Rublev upset with Sonego

Seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev fell to unseeded Lorenzo Sonego in five sets after the Italian staged a comeback. Sonego took the last three sets to take the win, 5-7, 0-6, 6-3, 7(7)-6(5), 6-3. It’s the second time Sonego has reached the fourth round of the French Open and only the third time in his career. He never advanced further.

Other notable results

  • It took a tiebreaker in the fourth set, but 11th seed Karen Khachanov earned a thrilling 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 7(7)-6(5) victory over the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. Khachanov has advanced to the semi-finals of his last two Grand Slams and has now reached at least the fourth round in six French Open appearances.

  • Unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat compatriot and 24th seed Anastasia Potapova in a comeback victory, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

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