French Open day six: Sabalenka in action, Djokovic and Norrie to come – live | French Open 2023

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Sabalenka won the toss and will serve.

OK, down to some more serious business in the women’s singles. The Australian Open champion, Aryna Sabalenka, is about to begin her third-round match against Kamilla Rakhimova, the world No 82. It’s the first meeting between these two players.

Sabalenka was in the news a few days ago:

Hello all. Luke here. Signal failure on the Hammersmith & City scuppered my best-laid plans but I’m here now. Which is arguably the most important thing.

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Kasatkina speaks to Eurosport after that crushing win against Stearns. She’s asked if she’s happy with how the tournament’s going, and she says “So far”, while clonking herself on the side of her head in that traditional ‘touch wood’ gesture. How endearing.

“I’m really happy,” she says. “I showed a good level of tennis, and even more importantly, a good level of focus …

“Winning in straight sets helps a lot in the slams.”

Daria Kasatkina: Victorious.
Daria Kasatkina: Victorious. Photograph: Robert Prange/Getty Images

Daria Kasatkina made extremely quick work of American Patty Stearns earlier, winning 6-0, 6-1 in under an hour. Next up for her, either Anna Blinkova or Elina Svitolina.

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Elsewhere, Rublev has taken charge against Sonego, leading 7-5, 4-0, while Kokkinakis is hanging in there in the third set, already two down to Khachanov.

Elise Mertens beats Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-3!

It’s the end of the road for the No 3 seed, who is well beaten by Elise Mertens. The No 28 seed from Belgium is into the fourth round for the third time.

Around the grounds: Let’s catch up with the morning’s play so far. On Philippe-Chatrier, the No 3 seed Jessica Pegula is in trouble, losing the first set 6-1 to Elise Mertens.

On Suzanne-Lenglen, Andrey Rublev has an early break against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego. On Simonne-Mathieu, Karen Khachanov is cruising towards the fourth round, leading Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-1.

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Bonjour. Ça va? Luke will be here shortly to pick up all the latest action. In the meantime, why not catch up on Thursday’s news and matches?

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