Fifth seed Svitolina bundled out by Czech Krejcikova

File photo of Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference at the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, May 20, 2021. ― Reuters pic
File photo of Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference at the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, May 20, 2021. ― Reuters pic

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PARIS, June 5 — Fifth seed Elina Svitolina crashed out of the French Open with a third-round 6-3 6-2 loss to 33rd-ranked Czech Barbora Krejcikova today, as the big names in the women’s draw continued to fall at the clay court Grand Slam.

Roland Garros is already without its top three women’s seeds, and Ukrainian Svitolina joined them after failing to find a way to rein in the 25-year-old Krejcikova’s power-packed, attacking game in their first meeting.

Continuing her form from a title-winning run in Strasbourg ahead of the French Open, Krejcikova broke Svitolina’s serve three times in each set to cruise to victory on the Philippe Chatrier court.

She hit 38 winners to Svitolina’s 20 and set up a fourth-round clash against former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who ousted Czech 18th seed Karolina Muchova with a 6-3 7-5 victory. — Reuters

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