The women’s singles have a lot of great matches scheduled for later today. Coco Gauff is scheduled to play from midday today with Iga Swiatek will be in action from 2. If you missed it Rybakina has withdrawn from her match due to illness and so the Wimbledon champion is out.
Ruud had the opportunity to finish off a perfect game there but his backhand return was miles out – the match tension seems to be getting to him at crunch points. He is rushing some actions. Ruud eventually gets the job done with an ace and he leads the second set 4-3.
Here is a round-up of yesterday’s action if you want to catch up at the start of day seven.
An amazing rally between these players! It ends with Ruud not reading his return correctly and the ball smacks the net – a groan from the crowd as they wanted the rally to continue! A huge and powerful forehand from Zhang sees Ruud just watch the point be won and like that the Norwegian has been broken. Could we be on for an upset?
Zhang almost broke Ruud in the last game but now he is the one being forced to try and save his serve! The momentum has swung. He is 40-15 up but Zhang hits an unexpected light return to challenge Ruud. But Ruud smelled blood and went for the kill to break Zhang! Ruud is now 3-1 up in the second set.
Ruud was 40-0 down on his serve but he has saved it, taking the game with Zhang’s return from the serve having too much on it and its out! That could be a turning point in momentum in this match.
Britain’s Neal Skupski is in action in the men’s doubles and he and partner Wesley Koolhof have won the first set 7-5 against Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela. Ruud, meanwhile, is at risk of being broken by Zhang in the second set.
Rybakina has spoken about her withdrawal, saying she has a respitory illness. She said: “I was not feeling good today, I have a fever. I tried in the warm-up but it is really hard to play with this condition.”
Number four seed Ruud has lost the first set 6-4 to Zhang, he isn’t looking too confident so far but he has just hit a lovely shot with a beautiful forehand to secure a 1-0 lead in the second set. Let me know what you are up to today and if you have any yummy treats .
Casper Ruud is already in action in the third round but he is currently losing the first set 5-4 to Zhang Zhizhen. In the other men’s match currently happening Thiago Seyboth Wild took the first set 6-3 against Yoshihito Nishioka, who is 2-1 up in the second.
Rybakina out after withdrawal
Kazakhstani Elena Rybakina withdrew from her third round match against Sara Sorribes Tormo just minutes before it was due to take place. The player had been on an eight match winning streak heading into the clash but will not play. The reasons behind it are not clear yet and we’ll bring you any updates that come through. Tormo will face either Beatriz Haddad Maia or Ekaterina Alexandrova in the next round.
Hello and welcome to day seven of the French Open! There are an array of great matches on today so let me run you through some highlights in the schedule.
In the men’s draw Casper Ruud has already started his third round match against Zhang Zhizen and we will be bringing you all the updates from that one shortly. Later in the men’s singles Holgar Rune will take on Genaro Alberto Olivieri.
The big news out of the women’s singles is 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has had to withdraw from her match against Sara Sorribes Tormo – more updates on this story shortly. Elsewhere in the women’s draw Coco Gauff will take to the court against Mirra Andreeva and Bianca Andreescu will play Lesia Tsurenko.
Some Brits are in action in the men’s doubles with Neal Skupsi, Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury all taking to the court today. Skupsi will also be playing in the mixed doubles later today.
So let’s crack on with all the action! Day seven is set to be a good one, I hope you have your Pimms at the ready with the lovely sunshine.
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