PARIS ( Associated Press) – LATEST (all time local) on the French Open tennis tournament:
Daria Kasatkina equaled her best performance with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Camilla Giorgi in the quarterfinals of the French Open.
20th seed Kasatkina saved a break point while serving for the match and achieved it on back-to-back unforced errors from Giorgi.
She will next play Madison Keys or Veronika Kudermatova.
Kasatkina, who reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon in 2018, said: “I am looking forward to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, which is the most important.” “It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the net.”
The International Tennis Federation has honored Stan Smith with its highest honour, the Philippe Chatrier Award.
Smith won singles titles at the 1971 US Open and Wimbledon the following year, and also won five Grand Slam doubles titles and was part of seven Davis Cup winning teams for the United States.
Named after the former ITF president, the award was instituted in 1996 and recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the sport.
Off the court, Smith established his Stan Smith shoe brand in the 1970s and took on coaching roles with the USTA, working with players including Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati and Michael Chang.
“(Smith) has made a huge contribution to tennis on and off the court for more than half a century, and it is an honor to recognize his achievements,” ITF President David Haggerty said in a statement.
The award will be presented officially at the ITF World Champions Awards in Paris on Monday.
Smith, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, said he was joining “a great list of people who have done a great job on the court but also off the court.”
“It’s also very special because I knew Philippe Chattier very well and he has done a lot for the game,” Smith said.
Action is underway at Roland Garros on Day 9 with Daria Kasatkina, who plays Camilla Giorgi in a fourth round match on the court Susan Lenglen.
Madison Keys is scheduled to play on the court Philippe Chatrier against number 29 Veronika Kudermatova.
A win for Keys and 11th seed Jessica Pegula over Irina-Camellia Begu would ensure four American women in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2002. Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, and 18-year-old Coco Gauff have already moved on.
Top-ranked Inga Swietec will chase a 32nd consecutive win when she takes on the role of Zheng Qinwen. Sweetek is aiming to equal the third-longest winning streak on the Women’s Tour since 2000. Venus Williams leads that list with 35 in 2000, followed by Serena Williams with 34 in 2013 and Justin Henin with 32 in 2008.
In men’s fourth round matches, 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Denmark’s Holger Rune and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev will face 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, 33, of the night.
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