Roland-Garros Day 7 women’s recap: Svitolina out, Swiatek advances, Gauff through after Brady retires

Your guide to the biggest stories from the women’s side at 2021 Roland-Garros as the third round continues in Paris on Saturday 5th June

Elina Svitolina at Roland-Garros in 2021
  • Notable names winning on Saturday at Roland-Garros (3rd round): Sofia Kenin (4), Iga Swiatek (8), Maria Sakkari (17), Coco Gauff (24), Ons Jabeur (25), Sloane Stephens
  • Notable names losing on Saturday (3rd round): Elina Svitolina (5), Jennifer Brady (13), Elise Mertens (14), Karolina Muchova (18), Jessica Pegula (28)
  • To read about Friday’s women’s coverage including wins by Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka and the exit of Aryna Sabalenka, you can click here
  • To follow our full coverage of the 2021 French Open, please visit this page.
  • To follow live results and to see the men’s draw and women’s draw, we recommend you follow the official Roland Garros website
  • You can also check out the Tennis Majors team’s breakdown of the men’s and women’s draw
  • Tomorrow’s programme at Roland-Garros will be updated here (and by the way, today’s schedule is here).
  • All the practical information – how to watch the tournament, how to buy tickets and everything else you could possibly need to know – are hopefully in this page.


Fifth seed Elina Svitolina was the latest to fall in the women’s draw, losing to Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 6-2.

“It was really tough because also I didn’t know Elina that well – I never played her, I never practised her,” Krejcikova said afterwards. “So I didn’t really know. I wasn’t really sure what kind of ball I should expect, so I was a little bit, I think, that I didn’t know what to expect.

“I felt weird, but as…the match went on and I was playing and playing, I just started to feel better, and actually at the end I was just feeling really well and I was just going for my shots.”

It was a tricky first set for defending champion Iga Swiatek, but she came through against Anett Kontaveit, 7-6(4), 6-0. That means she has now won 20 sets in a row at Roland-Garros.


The Czech will next play former US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who was the first woman to win on Saturday with the American scoring a 6-3, 7-5 win over 18th seed Karolina Muchova.

She already knew she would be joined in the last 16 by another American – and it will be fourth seed Sofia Kenin, who beat 28th seed Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.


  • Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk is through to the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time, beating Russia’s Varvara Gracheva 6-1, 6-2.
  • In one of the week’s oddest scorelines, 25th seed Ons Jabeur beat Magda Linette 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.
  • Greece’s Maria Sakkari, seeded 17th, knocked out 14th seed Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-2.
  • Coco Gauff progressed to the fourth round after Jennifer Brady was forced to retire from their match after the first set.
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