French Open: Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina advance to the Roland Garros quarterfinals | tennis news

World number two Aryna Sabalenka defeated Emma Navarro in straight sets on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open and extend her unbeaten streak in majors to 11 matches.

The two-time Australian Open champion completely outplayed Navarro with her thunderous baseline game and cruised to a resounding 6-2, 6-3 victory over the American.

The 22nd-ranked Navarro had surprised Sabalenka at Indian Wells in March, but the Belarusian broke her to love early in the contest as she advanced in the first set in 30 minutes.

The 26-year-old consistently attacked Navarro’s weak second serve and earned another break early in the second set, leaving her opponent with a mountain too big to climb.

Sabalenka took victory just after the hour mark and will next face either Varvara Gracheva or teenage talent Mirra Andreeva in the quarter-finals.

“I was ready to fight for every point, I was ready for long rallies,” Sabalenka said. “I was very happy with the level I played.”

Rybakina defeats Svitolina in straight sets

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Kazakh Elena Rybakina celebrates her safe passage to the Roland Garros quarterfinals

number four in the world Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan achieved a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Ukraine’s Elena Svitolina to reach her second French Open quarter-final.

After a slow start, with both players losing serve, Rybakina raised her level and eventually won the first set.

In the second, Svitolina was no longer a match for Rybakina, as the Ukrainian, number 19 in the ranking, showed signs of fatigue from the beginning and lacked precision at all times.

Svitolina had reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros four times before, including last year, but was unable to upset the former Wimbledon champion.

“I’m very happy with the performance,” Rybakina said afterwards. “She’s a great fighter. It’s hard to beat her.

“I’m very proud of how I’ve improved over the last few years.”

Rybakina is in the last 16 in Paris for the first time since 2021, where she will face the 12th seed. jasmine paolini after the Italian fought back to beat Elina Avanesyan 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 and reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

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