French Open, day 8 key fixtures: Serena continues title quest; Medvedev in uncharted territory

Serena Williams on Sunday continues her quest for a 24th Major title in a French Open women’s draw where the seeds are falling by the wayside with every passing day while Daniil Medvedev looks to keep his impressive run going, playing his first fourth round match at Roland Garros.

The top three seeds, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka all failed to get beyond the third round. In all, only four of the top 10 made the third round, the fewest in 20 years.

Serena, seeded seventh, plays Elena Rybakina for a place in the quarter-finals.

Medvedev had never won a match at Roland Garros before this year but reached the fourth round for the first time and will look to build on it. Also in action will be top-10 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached the semi-final last year, and Alexander Zverev who will play Kei Nishikori in the night match.

Here’s are the key singles fixtures and the order of play. Seeds denoted in []. All matches start at 1100 hrs local time (1430 hrs IST) except ones on the main court (1200 hrs local time / 1530 hrs IST). Other times mentioned are local timings.

Court Philippe CHATRIER

1 WS 4th rd Victoria AZARENKA (BLR)[15] vs Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) [31] followed by

Not before 1400 hrs

2 MS 4th rd Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) [5] vs Pablo CARRENO BUSTA (ESP) [12] followed by

Not before 1745 hrs

3 WS 4th rd Serena WILLIAMS (USA)[7] vs Elena RYBAKINA (KAZ) [21] followed by

Not before 2100 hrs

4 MS 4th rd Alexander ZVEREV (GER) [6] vs Kei NISHIKORI (JPN)

Court Suzanne LENGLEN

1 WS 4th rd Tamara ZIDANSEK (SLO) vs Sorana CIRSTEA (ROU) followed by

2 WS 4th rd Marketa VONDROUSOVA (CZE) [20] vs Paula BADOSA (ESP) [33]

3 MS 4th rd Cristian GARIN (CHI) [22] vs Daniil MEDVEDEV (RUS) [2]

4 MS 4th rd Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA (ESP) vs Federico DELBONIS (ARG)

Court 14

5th match MD 3rd rd Marcelo AREVALO (ESA) Matwe MIDDELKOOP (NED) vs Rohan BOPANNA (IND) Franko SKUGOR (CRO)

With AFP inputs

The French Open will be broadcast on Star Sports Select and Disney+ Hotstar VIP from May 30 in India

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