All the talking points, key facts and matches to watch on Friday as the action continues at the third Grand Slam of the year.
Alex Macpherson


Venus Williams reached her first Slam final at the US Open in 1997. Thirty-nine days later, Naomi Osaka, her third-round opponent, was born. Today's match will be their first meeting: the two were due to play in the second round of Auckland this year, but Williams handed Osaka a walkover, citing an arm injury.

Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko has played eight consecutive three-set matches stretching back to her fourth-round win over Samantha Stosur in Paris - the most on the WTA Tour since Elena Vesnina's run of eight three-setters in September to October 2006. Vesnina won four of hers and lost four; Ostapenko has won seven of her eight - and indeed, 15 of her last 17 matches that went to a decider.

Victoria Azarenka holds a dominant head-to-head over her third-round opponent, Heather Watson. Not only has the Belarusian won all four encounters but has dished out two bagel sets - indeed, the only time she has conceded more than two games in a set against the Brit was in the last one the pair played, a 6-2, 6-4 win for Azarenka in the third round of Montréal in 2014.

Carina Witthoeft has reached the third round of a Slam for the fifth time here, tying Daria Kasatkina, Christina McHale and Anastasia Rodionova for the number of showings in the last 32 of a Slam without making the second week. Among active players, only María José Martínez Sánchez, who is 0-6 in Slam third rounds, has more.

Peng Shuai will be aiming for her fourteenth career Top 10 win when she takes on No.2 seed Simona Halep today. It would be the Chinese No.2's biggest scalp by ranking: so far, her best wins are a brace of victories over World No.3s, Anastasia Myskina in Sydney in 2005 and Vera Zvonareva in Brussels in 2011.

Naomi Osaka, Jelena Ostapenko and Ana Konjuh - all in action today - are three of six women born in 1997 who cracked the Top 100 before their 20th birthday; the others are Daria Kasatkina, Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Belinda Bencic. This is the largest cohort of any birth year since 1994: of that generation, Elina Svitolina, Eugenie Bouchard, Laura Robson, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Alison Van Uytvanck, Tereza Smitkova and Annika Beck all made the Top 100 as teenagers.

No.6 seed Johanna Konta has lost before the third round 10 times in Grand Slams - but each of the four times she has reached this stage, she has progressed further into the second week.

Caroline Garcia lost in four Slam third rounds before breaking through to week two at Roland Garros last month. She'll seek to repeat that today against Madison Brengle, against whom she holds a 2-1 head-to-head record - including a three-set win in Doha this year.

No.8 seed Dominika Cibulkova will face Ana Konjuh for the second time today. Their previous meeting was in the second round of Roland Garros last year, when Cibulkova won 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

Maria Sakkari, who plays Johanna Konta today, is the first Greek woman in the third round of Wimbledon since Eleni Daniilidou in 2005. Daniilidou, who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2002, the Australian Open in 2003 and the 2004 US Open, is also the last Greek woman to play the second week of any Slam.

Jelena Ostapenko's only meeting against Camila Giorgi, her opponent today, ended in defeat: the Italian won 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals of Katowice in 2016.


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