II am one more Frenchwoman in singles contention at Roland-Garros. Bothered by pain in the adductors, Alizé Cornet had to give up on Saturday May 28 against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng. A little earlier, Léolia Jeanjean lost in two sets against the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. Gilles Simon and Hugo Gaston represent the last tricolor hopes. Among the favourites, the world number one, Iga Swiatek qualified without difficulty. Medevedev (2nd) did not shake either.
- Alizé Cornet powerless
On the Philippe-Catrier court, Alizé Cornet (40th in the WTA rankings) was corrected 6-0, 3-0 and abandonment) by the Chinese Qinwen Zheng (74th). Fallen by the Romanian Simona Halep in the previous round, the latter is very comfortable on clay at Porte d’Auteuil. Bandaged on both thighs due to pain in the adductors, the French number never existed in this meeting. Taken by the throat from the first exchanges by her opponent, the Niçoise fought, but the young Chinese (19 years old) was much more mobile than her. Zheng played an almost perfect match, committing very few fouls.
- Leolia Jeanjean destitute
The hierarchy was respected on the Suzanne-Lenglen court in the match between Frenchwoman Léolia Jeanjean (227e world at the WTA) and the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (63e). Caught up by the pressure, Jeanjean was beaten severely (6-1, 6-4 in 1:25). Often exceeded in the exchange, the former hope of tricolor tennis – 27 unforced errors in total – only really started to let go of his shots at the very end of the match. The beautiful adventure of Montpellier, which favored an invitation, therefore stops in 16are final of the French Open.
At 26, Léolia Jeanjean leaves Roland-Garros with a few certainties. Her achievement against Pliskova (8e) in the previous round made her the lowest-ranked player to beat a top-10 female player in the Parisian Grand Slam since Conchita Martinez in 1988.
Two games lost in the first round, two more in the second and… eight in the third. Facing the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic (95e world), the number 1 in the WTA ranking Iga Swiatek this time made the pleasure last (6-3, 7-5), but continued his journey in this Roland-Garros by signing a 31e consecutive victory on the circuit.
Yet all was not perfect for Swiatek in this third round. A little nervous and guilty of a few inappropriate unforced errors, the Pole even conceded her white serve in the second set when she had made the break and was quietly heading for victory – made it three games later.
After her first round, the winner of the 2020 edition of Roland-Garros was amused by her crazy series at a press conference, explaining that she was going to end up losing against someone “at a moment”. Alizé Cornet would like to be this player, she who will challenge Swiatek if she wins against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng.
- What did the other top seeds do today?
Jannick Sinner got rid of the American Mackenzie McDonald (60e world) in three sets (6-3, 7-6, 6-3). Without flaunting all his talent – which he has greatly extended – the placid Italian player (12e in the standings) has lost only one set since the start of the tournament. In the round of 16, he will face the Russian Andrei Rublev (sevene), winner a few minutes later in the pain of the eye-catching Chilean Cristian Garin (6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6).
“It’s a pure joy to have been able to live this kind of moment. (…) I had a great time, probably the best of my life, so I’m very happy”
Léolia Jeanjean only wanted to retain the best of her week at Roland-Garros. Eliminated by the Romanian Begu on Saturday, the former great tricolor hope, struck down by an injury in her teens, won the hearts of Porte d’Auteuil supporters and gave a little shine to a very dull French tennis for two years.