Serena Williams continued her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title by reaching the French Open second week for the first time since 2018, after third seed Aryna Sabalenka’s surprise loss left the veteran American as the highest-ranked player in her half of the draw.

In the men’s third round, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev beat big-serving Americans in John Isner and Reilly Opelka respectively.

French Open results on Friday, the sixth day of the 2021 tournament at Roland Garros (x denotes seeding):

Men 3rd rd

Alexander Zverev (GER x6) bt Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-2, 7-5, 6-2

Kei Nishikori (JPN) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 7-5 - retired

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) bt Casper Ruud (NOR x15) 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 0-6, 7-5

Federico Delbonis (ARG) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x27) 6-4, 6-1, 6-3

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x5) bt John Isner (USA x31) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1

Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x12) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Christian Garin (CHI x22) bt Marcos Giron (USA) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

Daniil Medvedev (RUS x2) bt Reilly Opelka (USA x32) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Women 3rd rd

Serena Williams (USA x7) bt Danielle Collins (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Elena Rybakina (KAZ x21) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-1, 6-4

Victoria Azarenka (BLR x15) bt Madison Keys (USA x23) 6-2, 6-2

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x31) bt Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x3) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0

Tamara Zidansek (SLO) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 0-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 6-3, 6-2

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE x20) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-3, 6-3

Paula Badosa (ESP x33) bt Ana Bogdan (ROM) 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Here’s the order of play in the main courts. Seeds denoted in []. All matches start at 1100 hrs local time (1430 hrs IST) except ones on the main court (1200 hrs local time / 1530 hrs IST). Other times mentioned are local timings.

Court Philippe CHATRIER

1 WS 3rd round Victoria AZARENKA (BLR)[15] vs Madison KEYS (USA)[23] followed by

2 MS 3rd round Alexander ZVEREV (GER) [6] vs Laslo DJERE (SRB) followed by

Not before 1600 hrs

3 WS 3rd round Serena WILLIAMS (USA)[7] vs Danielle COLLINS (USA) followed by

Not before 2100hrs

4 MS 3rd round Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) [5] vs John ISNER (USA) [31]

Court Suzanne LENGLEN

1 WS 3rd round Elena RYBAKINA (KAZ) [21] vs Elena VESNINA (RUS) followed by

2 MS 3rd round Fabio FOGNINI (ITA) [27] vs Federico DELBONIS (ARG)

3 MS 3rd round Reilly OPELKA (USA)[32] vs Daniil MEDVEDEV (RUS) [2]

4 WS 3rd round Polona HERCOG (SLO) vs Marketa VONDROUSOVA (CZE) [20]

Court Simonne MATHIEU

1 WS 3rd round Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) [31] vs Aryna SABALENKA (BLR)[3] followed by

2 MS 3rd round Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) vs Henri LAAKSONEN (SUI)

3 MS 3rd round Steve JOHNSON (USA) vs Pablo CARRENO BUSTA (ESP) [12]

4 WS 3rd round Paula BADOSA (ESP) [33] vs Ana BOGDAN (ROU)

Court 14

1 MS 3rd round Casper RUUD (NOR)[15] vs Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA (ESP) followed by

2 WS 3rd round Sorana CIRSTEA (ROU) vs Daria KASATKINA (RUS)

Here’s the complete order of play in all courts for day 6.

(With AFP inputs)