Coco Gauff and Victoria Azarenka advance to the third round of the French Open

American teenager Coco Gauff advanced to the third round of the French Open, beating Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus also reached the third round on Wednesday, but US Open champion Emma Raducanu and No. 4 Maria Sakkari advanced to the second round.

Gauf was twice behind with two games in the second set, but the 18-year-old made a break both times and then forced three errors by 28-year-old Van Utvank in the tiebreak. Gauff is trying to improve on her run to the quarterfinals of the French Open last year – her best result in a big.

Gauff is the youngest player to remain in the draw and celebrated her high school graduation this week with photos at the Eiffel Tower. Van Uytvanck’s best result in a Grand Slam tournament was qualifying for the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 2015.

Raducanu, 19, lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, ending her tournament debut after failing to convert five break-point opportunities to 1-1 in the third set. .

Raducanu’s defeat means all four Grand Slam champions have been eliminated from the second round – the first time since the 2014 French Open, according to the WTA. 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova was knocked out in the first round and reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Ash Barty retired in March.

Sasnovic won 12 of 14 service points in the second set on the road for her 16th career victory over a top-20 player. She qualified for the third round at Roland Garros for the first time in her seventh appearance.

The 28-year-old also defeated Radukanu at Indian Wells last year in the British player’s first match since winning the title at Flushing Meadows.

No. 15 Azarenka had only 13 effortless errors against Andrea Petkovic’s 42 in a 6-1, 7-6 (3) victory. Azarenka has twice won the Australian Open and was a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2013.

Petkovic, 34, reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2014, but has not advanced to the third round of any Grand Slam since. She is a five-time champion on a clay court on tour.

Sakkari, who reached the semifinals of the French Open last year, lost two tiebreaks 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) to Karolina Moutsova. She is the second top four, along with Krejcikova, to advance to the first two rounds.

No. 17 Leylah Fernandez, No. 21 Angelique Kerber, η No. 23 Jil Teichmann, η No. 27 Amanda Anisimova and No. 31 Elise Mertens was also among those who qualified for the third round.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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