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French Open - Tennis: Swiatek marches on in Paris

World number one Iga Swiatek continues to look like the dominant force at the French Open after she safely made it into the fourth round of the tournament.

The Polish star broke her Grand Slam duck at this event in 2020, beating Sofia Kenin in the final, and all the signs are pointing towards a second title in Paris - which is priced at 3/10.

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Slam number two on the cards

Swiatek breezed through her opening two matches of the tournament, losing just four games in total in the victories over Lesia Tsurenko and Alison Riske, before she was handed a stiffer challenge against Danka Kovinic.

It looked like there would be more serene progress after the 20-year-old won the first set 6-3 and was 4-1 up in the second, but her Montenegrin opponent began to battle back and forced the top seed into some mistakes.

Eventually, the world number one did manage to wrap up the win 6-3 7-5 - a result that has extended her winning streak to 31 matches - but this will serve as a reminder that there could be some bumps in the road to come.

Nonetheless, Swiatek is yet to drop a set and she is just the fourth female player in the Open Era to win 17 of her first 19 matches at the French Open, joining Margaret Court, Chris Evert and Monica Seles on this elite list.

Zheng next up

Standing in Swiatek's way of reaching the quarter-finals for the third straight year is China's Zheng Qinwen, who was 6-0 3-0 up before Alize Cornet retired from their third-round encounter.

At just 19 years of age, Zheng is one of the rising stars in the game and she has looked very impressive on her French Open debut, defeating Maryna Zanevska before dispatching 19th seed Simona Halep in rounds one and two respectively.

This could, arguably, turn out to be Swiatek's toughest test yet and she will need to warn against any complacency when they meet for a place in the last-eight stage of the tournament.

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Seeds continue to tumble

This year's French Open has so far proven to be a graveyard for the seeded players, with nine of the top-10 seeds being eliminated from the slam.

Aryna Sabalenka (seventh seed) is one of the latest high-profile names to be sent packing after she lost in three sets to Italian Camila Giorgi.

The Belarusian won the first set 6-4 but then proceeded to win just one more game, losing 6-4 1-6 0-6 to see her hopes of a maiden Grand Slam go up in smoke.

Giorgi - who is enjoying her best run at the French Open and is 40/1 to win the tournament - will now take on Russian Daria Kasatkina for a place in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, third seed Paula Badosa's quest for glory was ended in the third round after she was forced to retire from her match against Veronika Kudermetova when trailing 6-3 2-1.

The Spaniard's exit means top seed Swiatek is the only top-10 player left in the women's draw, with American Jessica Pegula (11th) the next highest seed.

American marches on

Pegula booked her place in round four with a 6-1 7-6 victory against Tamara Zidansek, who was awarded a walkover in her second match and looked a little rusty.

The American will now take on Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu for a place in the quarter-finals following her 6-1 6-4 victory over wildcard Leolia Jeanjean.

Bottom half takes shape

In the bottom section of the draw, Martina Trevisan is 1/1 to get the better of 4/5 Aliaksandra Sasnovich when they face off in round four on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Leylah Fernandez, who lost in last year's US Open final to Emma Raducanu. Meanwhile, Coco Gauff will go up against Elise Mertens for a place in the last-eight stage and the American is 4/9 to secure her progress, while her Belgian foe is priced at 7/4.

Wrapping up the bottom section is the clash between Switzerland's Jil Teichmann and the USA's Sloane Stephens. The Swiss is 1/2 to get the better of her opponent, who is 13/8 to triumph.

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