Rafael Nadal enters quarterfinals of French open; Maria Sakkari becomes first Greek woman to reach Grand Slam singles quarter-final | Daily Current Affairs 2021

Rafael Nadal enters quarterfinals of French open; Maria Sakkari becomes first Greek woman to reach Grand Slam singles quarter-final

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French Open 2021

In the French Open Tennis tournament, 13-time champion Spaniard Rafael Nadal kept teenager Jannik Sinner’s title aspirations in check by defeating the world No. 19 Italian 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 to book a spot in the quarter-finals.

Highlights:

Nadal, the four-time defending champion, will now clash with 10th seed Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

The win also means Nadal and Djokovic are on a collision course in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, Maria Sakkari, Coco Gauff, and Barbora Krejcikova all reached the quarter-finals of a Slam for the first time while defending champion Iga Swiatek cruised through.

World No. 18 Greek Maria Sakkari secured a spot in her first Grand Slam quarter-finals defeating last year’s runners-up and world No. 5 Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and eight minutes.

Sakkari becomes the first Greek woman to reach a Grand Slam singles quarter-final.

She will meet the winner of the clash between defending champion Iga Swiatek of Poland and Ukrainian teenager Marta Kostyuk.

American teenager Coco Gauff played an inspired game as she breezed past Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1 to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinals.

No. 24 seed Coco, at 17 years and 86 days old, is the youngest player to make a major quarter-final since the Czech Republic’s Nicole Vaidisova, who made it to the last eight at the French Open in 2006.

Coco will next face fellow first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic.

Barbora crushed Sloane Stephens of the USA 6-2, 6-0 in under an hour.

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