The action continues at Roland Garros on the seventh day of the second Grand Slam of the year. Read our guide to the talking points, trending topics and what to watch on Saturday.
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Caroline Garcia and Daria Kasatkina will both be bidding to make week two of a Slam for the first time today, having notched up four third-round losses each to date. Only three active players have more third-round appearances without making a fourth round: Christina McHale and Anastasia Rodionova, with five, and María José Martínez Sánchez, with six.

No.21 seed Carla Suárez Navarro's three career meetings with No.14 seed Elena Vesnina have all come within the past two years, and the Spaniard is yet to drop a set - winning 6-3, 7-6(3) in Doha in 2016, 6-4, 6-3 at the US Open later that year, and 6-2, 6-4 in Stüttgart last month. Suárez Navarro made the Roland Garros quarterfinals on her Slam debut as a qualifier in 2008, and has reached at least the third round in eight of her nine appearances here. By contrast, Vesnina lost in the first round on seven of her first eight appearances, and this is just her second showing at this stage of the French Open.

Elina Svitolina has reached the second week of Roland Garros for the past two years, and is bidding to make it a third today. She is yet to reach the second week of any other Slam.

Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg takes on Colombia's Mariana Duque-Mariño for a historic spot in the fourth round today - the winner will be the first South American woman in the second week of a Slam since Gisela Dulko's fourth-round showing at Roland Garros 2011. Their match today is the first all-South American Slam encounter since Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi beat compatriot Milagros Sequera 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon 2005.

Veronica Cepede Royg strikes a forehand at Roland Garros (Getty)
Veronica Cepede Royg strikes a forehand at Roland Garros (Getty)

No Slam champion remains in the bottom half of the draw. Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova have all reached finals, while Elena Vesnina has been a semifinalist.

In No.17 seed Anastasija Sevastova's first career, she played 11 Slam main draws between 2009-11 - and lost in the first round eight times, including all three of her French Open appearances. Now playing her sixth slam since her comeback from retirement, the Latvian has notched up her third consecutive third-round showing - or better.

World No.290 qualifier Petra Martic is the lowest-ranked player to reach the third round of Roland Garros since 2006, when Alicia Molik won two rounds as a wildcard ranked No.489. It's not out of the blue, though: Martic is a former World No.42 who made the fourth round here in 2012. This is just her fifth tournament of the year after missing nearly seven months through injury, and she has already compiled a 22-3 win-loss record in her comeback.

Agnieszka Radwanska's senior rivalry with Alizé Cornet kicked off in the third round of the French Open nine years ago, but it stretches back to their junior days. The Pole has emerged on top twice in juniors and seven times in the pros, with Cornet's sole victory coming on Radwanska's home turf - a 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 win in the semifinals of Katowice in 2014.

Hsieh Su-Wei is bidding to make the second week of a Slam for the first time in over a decade. Her sole appearance in a fourth round came at the Australian Open in 2007.


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Samantha Stosur's impressive form on clay is getting noticed Down Under, with Australia's Sydney Morning Herald providing the historical context around her third-round victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

It's one of the most iconic venues in world sport and the on-site photographers have excelled in capturing the scenes from week 1. Check out seven standout pictures, the highs and lows and the wackiest photos so far at Roland Garros.

18-year-old Catherine Bellis is the youngest player left in the French Open draw, and she'll resume her darkness-delayed third round encounter against Caroline Wozniacki today. Find out about how she's adapting to red clay, getting a voicemail from her idol Kim Clijsters and her friendship with Marketa Vondrousova, her erstwhile junior rival who's just taken over the mantle of youngest Top 100 player in a interview with Bellis.

Serena Williams may be on maternity leave, but she's been sighted lurking around the Roland Garros grounds as a spectator. AP's Howard Fendrich has the scoop from those around her about what it feels like - and her plans for her comeback.


Simona Halep came into Roland Garros in the hottest form of any player - but with question marks over an ankle injury. She's dispelled those doubts so far with impressive performances in her first two rounds - relive those below.