|events: May 22 – June 5 place: Roland Garros, Paris|
|Coverage: Live transcript and radio commentary for selected matches on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app|
Hot favorite Iga Swiatek passed her toughest test yet, reaching the last 16 of the women’s singles at the French Open.
World number one Swiatek scored a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic on the Paris clay court.
The 20-year-old Polish player may not have reached the level of her previous two victories, but she still has a very high quality for the world number 95.
Swiatek, who is only one of the top 10 players, meets France’s Alize Cornet or China’s Zheng Qinwen.
The 2020 champion, who extended his winning streak to 31 matches, has not met a ranked player at Roland Garros this year.
“I wanted to play hard and sometimes I thought I was putting in a lot of power,” said Swiatek, who had to break three times from Kovinic. “Sometimes it was difficult to control the full pace.”
“I tried to play at a slower pace and be more consistent in the rallies. She did a good job defending and responding with full speed.”
After quick victories over Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko and American Alison Riske, the match against Kovinich required more problem-solving.
The 27-year-old Montenegrin is an aggressive starting player who has managed to push Swatik back down more than her previous opponents, forcing the top seed to make more mistakes than before.
This was first evident in match two as stray hits helped Swiatek fail to score the first four break points.
The pressure eventually took its toll on Kovinich as Swiatek broke and then went 3-0, despite not escaping with the opening set as the crowd on court had imagined Philippe Chatrier.
Four more non-compulsory fouls from her normally infallible forehand gave Covinic the first break to make it 4-3, but her recklessness returned to regain the lead in the next game and serve up the first set.
There were more problems in the second group.
Leading 4-1, Kovinich fought back with four matches on the go – including two breaks – as I pressed Swiatek’s second serve and reaped the rewards.
However, she lost serve 5-5 from 30-0 and Swiatek fought back to reach Week 2 of the Grand Slam event for the eighth time in the last nine teams.