PARIS, France - Poland's Magda Linette advanced to the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time in her career on Thursday, as she upset No.29 seed and US Open quarterfinalist Ana Konjuh in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5.
Linette, Poland's No.2 and currently ranked World No.85, has won both her matches in Paris so far by identical scorelines.
A day after the two teamed up to win their first round match in doubles from a set down and in nearly three hours, it was the Pole who appeared the fresher of the two on Thursday, and converted on all six of her break point opportunities.
Linette had never won a main draw match in two previous trips to Paris, with her best Grand Slam result coming at the 2015 US Open. There, she came out of an all-Polish first round victorious against Urzsula Radwanska, before falling to elder Radwanska and No.15 seed Agnieszka in the second round.
Serving a tidy 80 percent, Linette won over 60 percent of points played behind her first and second serves for the match, and blitzed through the opening set with the loss of just 10 points.
The second set was a tougher affair, as Linette dropped served in the opening game and saw Konjuh serve to force a decider at 5-4. Nonetheless, the World No.85 scored a crucial break of serve in the 10th game, and held at love before capping the victory in 67 minutes.
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