05/27 10:44 CDT French Open updates | Player fined $10K for racket throw
French Open updates | Player fined $10K for racket throw
PARIS (AP) --- The Latest on the French Open tennis tournament (all times
A French Open player has been fined $10,000 by the tournament after she threw
her racket and it bounced off the clay and into the stands during a match.
Irina-Camelia Begu, a 31-year-old Romanian who is ranked 63rd, was cited for
unsportsmanlike conduct during the third set of her victory against 30th-seeded
Ekaterina Alexandrova in the second round at Court 13.
The match was Thursday. The fine was announced Friday.
After dropping a point, Begu walked to the sideline and chucked her racket,
which flew behind chair umpire Anis Ressaissi's seat, landing among spectators
sitting courtside. There were gasps from fans and a child could be heard crying.
Tournament referee Remy Azemar said the equipment "brushed a young spectator,"
who "turned out to be OK."
Defending champion Novak Djokovic recorded another straight-set victory and
will face Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the quarterfinals at the French Open.
The top-ranked Djokovic beat Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 at Court
Philippe Chatrier in 1 hour, 44 minutes --- the quickest of his three wins.
Schwartzman's 0-6 record against Djokovic includes a five-setter in the third
round at the 2017 French Open. The Argentine is seeded 15th.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn't lost in the third round at Roland Garros
Aliaksandra Sasnovich eliminated a Grand Slam champion for the second straight
match to reach the fourth round at the French Open.
The 47th-ranked Belarusian beat three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4,
7-6 (5) at Court Simonne Mathieu.
Sasnovich had defeated reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu in the second
She next faces Italian player Martina Trevisan, whose best result at a Grand
Slam was the quarterfinals at Roland Garros two years ago.
Coco Gauff reached the fourth round at the French Open by beating Kaia Kanepi.
The 18-year-old Gauff, the youngest remaining woman in the draw, defeated the
36-year-old Kanepi, the oldest remaining woman, 6-3, 6-4.
The young American is trying to improve on her quarterfinal run at Roland
Garros a year ago.
Gauff had six aces --- and five double-faults --- while her Estonian opponent
made 29 unforced errors. The teenager has not dropped a set in her first three
Gauff next faces No. 31 Elise Mertens.
U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez has reached the fourth round at the French
Open for the first time.
The 19-year-old Canadian beat Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic 7-5, 3-6,
7-5 at Court Philippe Chatrier.
The 17th-seeded Fernandez broke Bencic in the 11th game of the deciding set and
served out the match. She had saved two set points in the opener.
Fernandez next faces 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who reached the Roland
Garros semifinals in 2019.
The best result by a Canadian woman at the French Open was Eugenie Bouchard
making the semifinals in 2014.
Amanda Anisimova moved into the fourth round of the French Open when Karolina
Muchova stopped playing after hurting her right ankle.
The 27th-seeded Anisimova, an American who reached the Roland Garros semifinals
at the age of 17 in 2019, was leading 6-7 (7), 6-2, 3-0 when Muchova walked to
the net to concede the match.
Muchova twisted her right foot while serving at 2-all in the second set. She
went to the sideline during that game to get checked on by a doctor and a
trainer, who taped up the ankle.
When play resumed after the medical timeout, Muchova dropped seven games in a
row before retiring from the match.
Anisimova eliminated four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the first
Diego Schwartzman advanced to the fourth round of the French Open and a
potential showdown with defending champion Novak Djokovic.
The 2020 Roland Garros semifinalist beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 at Court
Simonne Mathieu. The 18th-seeded Bulgarian made 59 unforced errors.
The 15th-seeded Schwartzman will next face either Djokovic or Aljaz Bedene.
Schwartzman is 0-6 against Djokovic.
The big favorites in the men's draw have third-round matches on Day 6 at the
Novak Djokovic continues his title defense at Court Philippe Chatrier against
Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia.
Fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal faces Botic van de Zandschulp. Nadal is 8-0 against
In the nightcap on center court, sixth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz plays Sebastian
Korda in what could be a tricky matchup for the 19-year-old Spaniard.
Alcaraz's only loss in 19 matches on clay this season was to Korda. The
21-year-old American beat Alcaraz last month in Monte Carlo.
In the women's draw, the youngest player remaining is 18-year-old Coco Gauff
and she'll face the oldest in 36-year-old Kaia Kanepi.
U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez plays Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic
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