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Pliskova, Collins and Halep out of Paris

Wildcard Leolia Jeanjean has caused a sensation at the French Open by knocking out No.8 seed Karolina Pliskova.

The 26-year-old Frenchwoman, ranked 227 in the world, beat last year’s Wimbledon runner-up 6-2 6-2.

The victory made Jeanjean the lowest-ranked woman to win a match against a top-10 player at the French Open since Conchita Martinez beat Lori McNeil in 1988.

“I don’t really know what to say actually because what’s happening right now, it’s really something I never imagine before,” said Jeanjean, who gave up tennis for almost five years after suffering a serious knee injury.

“You know, when I stopped playing for four, five years, I never told myself I’d be in the third round of a grand slam.

“I don’t have an explanation. I don’t even realise what’s happening. I know I’m 26. It’s my first grand slam.

“I thought I would have lost in the first round in two sets, and now I found myself beating a top-10 player.

“When I stopped playing when I was young, I just wanted to give myself another chance because in my head since I was good when I was like 14, 15, so I’m like, ‘why I can’t be good 10 years later?’

“So that’s why, yeah, I took my chance, and so far it’s working.”

In the late match, Alize Cornet beat 2017 champion and No.13 seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-0 1-6 6-3 to advance to the third round.

The 32-year-old French player had plenty of support under the lights at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Ostapenko made 48 unforced errors to Cornet’s five. The Latvian beat Simona Halep for the Roland Garros title five years ago.

The veteran Cornet reached her first grand slam quarterfinal this year at the Australian Open.

Halep, the 2018 champion, and Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins joined Ostapenko on the way out.

Halep came unstuck against China’s Qinwen Zheng in three sets while Collins, the No.9 seed, won just seven games against her compatriot Shelby Rogers, losing 6-4 6-3.

Collins reached the final of the Australian Open this year, when she was beaten 6-3 7-6 by Ash Barty.

So swift has been the exit of the women’s top seeds that only three of the top 10 remain – Iga Swiatek (No.1), Paula Badosa (No.3) and Aryna Sabalenka (No.7).

Poland’s Swiatek, the world No.1 and in the form of her life, brushed aside American Alison Riske 6-0 6-2 to take her winning streak to 30 matches.

It’s the longest winning run in women’s tennis since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013.

Halep’s ranking has fallen since her victory in Paris four years ago, however, and the No.19 seed was beaten 2-6 6-2 6-1 by the 19-year-old Zheng.

Spain’s Badosa reached the third round by beating Kaja Juvan, of Slovenia, 7-5 3-6 6-2 while Sabalenka needed just 62 minutes to beat Madison Brengle 6-1 6-3.

Madison Keys justified her No.22 seeding when she advanced to the third round with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.

The American, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2018, will next face No.16 seed, Elena Rybakina, the only woman with more aces than Keys this season.

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