French Open 2022: Two Grand Slam champions knocked out

Two former Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka were knocked out of the French Open

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Two Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka knocked out of French Open

Two more former Grand Slam champions were knocked out from the women’s draw at the French Open on Thursday.

Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber were the latest casualties as the women’s field continued to whittle down.

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Jil Teichmann overcame two-time former Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) in a thrilling third-round encounter.

Meanwhile, three-time Grand Slam winner Kerber, meanwhile, was upset by Emma Raducanu’s conqueror Sasnovich. The German, seeded 21, lost 6-4 7-6 (5).

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Last year’s US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez beat Olympic champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Only two former champions — World No 1 Iga Swiatek and Sloane Stephens– are still in contention for the women’s singles title.

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Of the top-10 seeds, seven were ousted in the first two rounds. Swiatek, No 3 seed Paula Badosa and No 7 seed Aryna Sabalenka are the only ones remaining.

Coco Gauff, the youngest player left in the French Open, made the last 16 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi, the oldest woman in the tournament at 36.

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Meanwhile, Amanda Anisimova, the 2019 semi-finalist, advanced to the last 16 as injury-plagued Karolina Muchova retired down 6-7 (9), 6-2, 3-0 after falling and twisting her ankle during the second set.

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