PARIS (Reuters) – Highlights of the sixth day at the French Open on Friday (times GMT):
1815 NORRIE CRASHES OUT
Britain’s 14th seed Cameron Norrie exited the men’s draw in the third round as he was knocked out by 17th-seeded Italian Lorenzo Musetti in a 6-1 6-2 6-4 drubbing.
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Belarusian Sabalenka skips French Open presser, cites mental health reasons
Svitolina gets past Blinkova to stay on track at French Open
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Sabalenka powers into French Open fourth round, Khachanov survives
French Open order of play on Saturday
Mertens dashes third seed Pegula’s hopes of maiden Slam with 6-1 6-3 win
Order of play on Friday
Preview: Sabalenka, Djokovic hoping to steer clear of controversy
Fritz gets a taste of how brutal French Open crowd can be
Wrapup: Ruud, Swiatek gain momentum as Sinner punished
Seventh seed Jabeur subdues risk-taking Dodin for third round spot
Sinner exits after wasting match points in thriller
Swiatek briefly loses focus on way to third round
Ruud stops Zeppieri to roll into third round
Rybakina exudes clay confidence, marches past Noskova into third round
1656 DJOKOVIC OVERCOMES DAVIDOVICH FOKINA
Third seed Novak Djokovic was given a tough battle before bulldozing his way past Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6(4) 7-6(5) 6-2 to reach the fourth round.
1539 SVITOLINA ADVANCES AFTER COMEBACK WIN
In a rematch of last week’s final in Strasbourg, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina once again got the better of Anna Blinkova, advancing to the fourth round after recovering from a set down to clinch a 2-6 6-2 7-5 victory over the Russian.
Svitolina, a three-time French Open quarter-finalist, next faces ninth seed Daria Kasatkina.
1457 SABALENKA SKIPS PRESS CONFERENCE
World number two Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus skipped her post-match press conference on Friday citing mental health reasons, after she was asked to comment on the war in Ukraine on Wednesday following her second-round win.
“I should be able to feel safe when I do interviews with the journalists after my matches,” Sabalenka said in an interview with tournament organisers.
“For my own mental health and well-being, I have decided to take myself out of this situation today, and the tournament has supported me in this decision.”
1410 SONEGO UPSETS RUBLEV
Italian Lorenzo Sonego upset seventh seed Andrey Rublev 5-7 0-6 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the French Open for a second time.
1259 KHACHANOV DOWNS KOKKINAKIS IN FOUR SETS
Men’s 11th-seed Karen Khachanov beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in four sets, winning 6-4 6-1 3-6 7-6(5).
1252 SABALENKA DISPATCHES RAKHIMOVA IN STRAIGHT SETS
Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka moved into the fourth round of the French Open with a clinical 6-2 6-2 win over Russian Kamilla Rakhimova in an hour and seven minutes.
1211 KASATKINA ON BEATING 21-YEAR-OLD PEYTON STEARNS
“I had one thought today during the match. She was on the other side, and I had exactly the picture of me, five or six years ago playing (Simona) Halep on Suzanne Lenglen being 22 years old and super nervous,” Kasatkina told reporters.
“Now it’s reversed. So that was a little bit of a weird feeling…”
1124 MERTENS UPSETS PEGULA
World number three Jessica Pegula became the highest-ranked player in the women’s draw to exit the tournament after a 6-1 6-3 loss to Belgium’s Elise Mertens in the third round.
1005 KASATKINA BREEZES INTO FOURTH ROUND
Kasatkina made light work of Peyton Stearns in their third-round match, dispatching the American 6-0 6-1 in just under an hour.
0907 PLAY UNDER WAY
Play began under sunny skies at Roland Garros, with the temperature hovering around 15 degrees Celsius (59°F).
In the day session, Jessica Pegula and Aryna Sabalenka will play their respective matches on Court Philippe-Chatrier before Novak Djokovic.
Top seed Carlos Alcaraz takes centre stage in the night session.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair, Aadi Nair, Hritika Sharma and Pearl Josephine Nazare; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
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