Story so far: Stephens, Svitolina advance


Stephens advances in straight sets; Svitolina to face former champ Muguruza.

Sloane Stephens and Sara Sorribes Tormo© Nicolas Gouhier / FFT

Sloane Stephens advanced to the third round at Roland-Garros for the seventh time with victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo on Wednesday.

The No.7 seed, a finalist last year in Paris, led the Spaniard 6-1, 3-0 before wrapping up a 6-1, 7-6(3) victory in the first match of the day on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Polona Hercog next awaits Stephens after the Slovene stopped Jennifer Brady in three tight sets.

Joining Stephens and Hercog in the last 32 is 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, who dominated Swede Johanna Larsson in winning 6-4, 6-1.

Muguruza, who improves her win-loss record at Roland-Garros to 26-5, next faces ninth seed Elina Svitolina in a blockbuster third-round encounter.

Svitolina earlier on Wednesday progressed without hitting a ball; her opponent Kateryna Kozlova withdrew citing a viral illness.


Elsewhere around the grounds, 20th seed Elise Mertens stopped French teenager Diane Parry for the loss of just four games while Veronika Kudermetova beat Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-1.

In the men's draw, top-10 seeds Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Kei Nishikori are currently in action on the tournament's three biggest courts.


In a big upset, local wildcard Corentin Moutet stunned 19th seed Guido Pella - the player with the most match wins on clay in 2019 - in four sets.

The 20-year-old sent the crowd into a frenzy on Court 7 thanks to a 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 triumph.