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French Open 2023: Arnya Sabalenka powers into 4th spherical, Karen Khachanov knocks out Thanasi Kokkinakis

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By India Today Sports Desk: Aryna Sabalenka firmly established her title credentials at French Open 2023 as she defeated Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova 6-2, 6-2 to maneuver into the 4th spherical in ladies’s singles. It’s the first time the 2nd seed has progressed to the Round of 16 for the first time in her career on the clay courts of Paris.

Sabalenka, the big-serving world amount two was in no mood to spend so much time on the Chatrier as she confirmed her class, powering through to the 4th spherical.

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Sabalenka, who obtained her maiden Grand Slam title on the Australian Open in 2023, has a 10-0 file on the majors this 12 months as she seems to be like to realize a model new extreme at Roland Garros.

Sabalenka has reached the semifinals or greater at each of the alternative three Grand Slam tournaments, nonetheless she had on no account sooner than made the second week at Roland Garros, falling inside the third spherical in each of the ultimate three years, in response to WTA.

Sabalenka will subsequent face American Sloane Stephens or Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan inside the Round of 16.


Meanwhile, Russian eleventh seed Karen Khachanov overcame a stiff test in the direction of Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who had dumped out former champion Stan Wawrinka earlier inside the week.

Khachanov in trouble midway through his match in the direction of Kokkinakis nonetheless stepped up his recreation inside the crunch moments to get earlier his Australian opponent 6-4 6-1 3-6 7-6(5).

World amount three Jessica Pegula had on no account overwhelmed Elise Mertens in two earlier conferences and the American’s hopes of snapping that run to remain on monitor for a maiden Grand Slam trophy led to disappointment following a 6-1 6-3 defeat.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 2021 runner-up, obtained off to a gradual start sooner than ending sturdy to down twenty fourth seed Anastasia Potapova 4-6 6-3 6-0 to e-book a battle with Mertens.