Highlights French Open Day 9

Highlights of the ninth day at the French Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Monday (all times GMT):

1320 TSITSIPAS EASES PAST DIMITROV

Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas becomes the first Greek player to reach the French Open quarter-finals with a 6-3 7-6(9) 6-2 victory over Bulgaria’s number 18 seed Grigor Dimitrov.

1310 RUBLEV SEALS COMEBACK WIN

Hamburg Open champion Andrey Rublev recovered from a slow start to beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 7-6(3).

The 13th seeded Russian won 11 of the last 14 points to reach his maiden Roland Garros quarter-final.

1054 SIEGEMUND PASSES BADOSA TEST

Unseeded German Laura Siegemund beat Spaniard Paula Badosa 7-5 6-2 to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final.

1035 KVITOVA POWERS PAST ZHANG

Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova made short work of China’s Zhang Shuai, winning 6-2 6-4 to make the last eight. The Czech seventh seed’s best finish at Roland Garros was reaching the semi-finals eight years ago.

0908 PLAY UNDERWAY AT ROLAND GARROS

Action began at Roland Garros on a cloudy day with the temperature hovering around 12 degrees Celsius (53.6°F). Rain is expected later.

Top seed Novak Djokovic meets Karen Khachanov of Russia and Grigor Dimitrov faces fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas later.

BARTY TO STAY WORLD NUMBER ONE

In a sign of tennis’s topsy-turvy 2020, Australia’s Ash Barty will remain the women’s world number one at the end of the year despite having skipped two Grand Slams and not playing a match since February.

World number two Simona Halep’s shock fourth-round drubbing by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek at the French Open on Sunday ensured Barty will head into a second successive season with the top ranking.

Barty, 24, made the Australian Open semi-finals in January but skipped the U.S. Open and her French Open title defence citing a lack of preparation.

The Queenslander has been enjoying the down-time at home, though.

As her rivals battled for a spot in the second week at Roland Garros on Friday, Barty was in the terraces at the Gabba, supporting her beloved Richmond Tigers as they fell to the home Brisbane Lions in the first week of the Australian Football League playoffs.

Footage of Barty rising to her feet in the crowd, pumping her fist while cradling a cup of beer in the other hand, went viral on social media in Australia, where fans hailed a “a true icon”.

“Gotta love Ash Barty,” a local football journalist tweeted.
“French Open on and beer in hand at footy. The best.”

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