Kenin races into French Open fourth round

Fourth seed Sofia Kenin hammered Irina Bara 6-2, 6-0 to storm into the French Open fourth round.

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin has reached the last 16 of the French Open for the second time.   -  Getty Images

American fourth seed Sofia Kenin stormed into the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-0 demolition of Romanian qualifier Irina Bara on Saturday.

The Australian Open champion lost the first two games before turning on the power and winning the remaining 12 to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros for the second time.

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Bara took her chances early on and broke for 2-0 but her hopes of a major upset were shortlived as Kenin shook her early jitters to advance.

She only had trouble finishing it off on her own serve, most of her drop shot attempts failing in embarrassing fashion.

Kenin could face a Romanian player for the third round in a row if Patricia Maria Tig beats Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro later on Saturday.

- Zhang breaks French hearts -

China's Zhang Shuai overcame a spirited challenge from French wildcard Clara Burel to win 7-6(2), 7-5.

Both players were vulnerable on serve and shared 36 break point opportunities before Zhang found a breakthrough to seal victory in just over two hours.

World number 39 Zhang becomes the first Chinese player to reach the fourth round of the French Open since former champion Li Na in 2012.

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