French Open: Svitolina, Anisimova through to third round

Renata Zarazua made a nervous start as Elina Svitolina took the opener, but the 178th-ranked star handed the third seed a bagel in the second before losing steam in the third.

Elina Svitolina managed to shift gears, breaking Renata Zarazua three times in the deciding set, and sealed the victory on her first matchpoint.   -  Twitter

Third seed Elina Svitolina recovered from a mid-match meltdown to beat Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 and advance to the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.

The 178th-ranked Zarazua, who became the first Mexican woman to win a Grand Slam main draw match in more than 20 years during her first round, made a nervous start as Svitolina took the opening set with three breaks of serve.

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But if Svitolina hoped for a quick outing under the closed roof of Court Philippe Chatrier, she was in for a shock as Zarazua, celebrating her 23rd birthday on Wednesday, handed her a bagel to level the match.

The world number five managed to shift gears, breaking Zarazua three times in the deciding set, and sealed the victory on her first matchpoint to set up a third round match against either Australian Astra Sharma or Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Anisimova steamrolls into third round

Teenager Amanda Anisimova muscled her way into the third round with a 6-2, 6-0 demolition of fellow American Bernarda Pera.

The 25th seed, whose match was moved to court Philippe Chatrier after Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament with an injury, was barely bothered as she set up a meeting with either world number one Simona Halep or another Romanian, Irina-Camelia Begu.

Anisimova beat Halep in straight sets in the quarterfinals last year.

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The 19-year-old is the only semifinalist from the last edition left in the draw after champion Ashleigh Barty opted against travelling to Paris and Britain's Johanna Konta and Czech Marketa Vondrousova were knocked out in the first round.

After an early trade of breaks, Anisimova stole her opponent's serve again to move 3-1 up, easily bagging the opening set.

The second set was also a mere formality as she progressed having dropped only four games in two matches.

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