What to Watch Monday at the French Open

The two women who shook up the women’s field with upset wins on Saturday will start the day’s play (5 a.m. Eastern), hoping to continue their world-beating form. Sofia Kenin, the 20-year-old American who beat Serena Williams, will seek a quarterfinal berth in the first match on Philippe Chatrier Court against the eighth-seeded Ashleigh Barty, who is translating her strong play in the hardcourt season onto clay.

Opening play on Suzanne Lenglen Court, Katerina Siniakova, who ousted top-ranked Naomi Osaka on the same court in the third round, will look to continue her run against the 14th-seeded Madison Keys. Keys, who reached the semifinals in Paris last year, is the only woman to have won a premier-level WTA title on clay this year who reached the fourth round.

It has not been a strong French Open for the home team. No women from France reached even the third round, while only 10th-seeded Gaël Monfils and Benoît Paire reached the fourth round on the men’s side. Paire’s match against Kei Nishikori, which began late Sunday evening after the marathon match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Stan Wawrinka, will resume second on Lenglen with Nishikori leading, two sets to one. Monfils will play fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem, a finalist last year, in the third match on Chatrier.

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The last time they played, Fabio Fognini, above, beat Alexander Zverev. They will face off again on Monday.CreditMartin Bureau/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The third and fourth matches on Lenglen feature the first matches in either singles draw between two top-10 seeds. Only three top-10 seeds made the fourth round on the women’s side; all 10 are in the round of 16 on the men’s side.

First, the ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini will face on the fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev. Fognini won the most recent match between the two in April en route to a breakthrough title at the Monte Carlo Masters; Zverev won their previous two encounters. The next match features the eighth-seeded Juan Martín del Potro against the 10th-seeded Karen Khachanov, a meeting of two tall men who hit the ball very hard, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The final matches on Monday feature third-seeded Simona Halep, the defending champion, and three players ranked outside the top 50. On Chatrier, Halep will face Iga Swiatek, who turned 18 on Friday and is still a high school student in Warsaw. The winner of that match will face the winner of the last match on Lenglen between Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old New Jersey-born Floridian, and the qualifier Aliona Bolsova, 21, the Moldova-born Spaniard who played for Florida Atlantic University.

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Source: NYT

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