PARIS (AP) – The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
Third-seeded Simona Halep eased into the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-0, 7-5 win against Daria Kasatkina.
Halep wrapped up the first set in 27 minutes and broke her Russian opponent’s serve six times.
“It’s nice to be in Paris in the fourth round,” Halep said on Court Suzanne Lenglen moments after her win.
She was asked to say a few words in French – and hesitated.
“I only say ‘Merci beaucoup’ (Thank you very much) but I hope I can learn,” Halep said. “I like it a lot, but it’s tough to talk.”
The 25-year-old Romanian, runner-up here in 2014, was a doubt for the tournament with an ankle injury.
“Well now it’s pretty OK. I can run, I can slide everywhere. I can move pretty well,” Halep said. “I can say I’m strong on court.”
Halep, who has reached at least the quarterfinals at each of the four majors, next plays Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
There will be a Frenchwoman in the quarterfinals of the French Open after Caroline Garcia beat Hsieh Su-wei to set up a fourth-round match against compatriot Alize Cornet.
Garcia, who is seeded 28th, won 6-4, 4-6, 9-7. She sealed the result on the first of two match points to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Both players had chances to serve for the match in an intriguing third set.
Hsieh of Taiwan upset seventh-seeded Johanna Konta in the opening round.
Marin Cilic is through to the fourth round of the French Open after swatting aside Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.
The seventh-seeded Croat dropped his opening service game, and then won eight straight games to take complete control against Lopez.
The 35-year-old Lopez had beaten Cilic twice before on clay – his only wins against him – but never looked in contention on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Cilic took the second set when he broke Lopez to love and served out the match to win in 1 hour, 47 minutes.
“My return was working extremely well today,” said Cilic, who had eight aces.
The 2014 U.S. Open champion next faces either Britain’s Kyle Edmund or big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.
Ninth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland is out of the French Open after losing to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1 in the third round.
Radwanska had won seven of their eight previous matches, including the only one on clay – at the French Open nine years ago – but was never in contention this time.
Cornet’s only moment of trouble came from a difficult bounce of the ball as it flew under her racket at 30-15 in the final game.
She won the next point to set up a match point, but wasted it when her drop shot sank into the net.
Cornet punched the air with delight after sealing victory on her next chance with a clipped backhand at the net.
“You work all year for moments like this,” said Cornet, who was tearful in her interview on court. “I couldn’t dream of a better scenario. I feel so good on this center court.”
Cornet plays either countrywoman Caroline Garcia – seeded 28th – or Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan in the fourth round.
Cornet has never been further than that in Grand Slam tournaments.
Top-ranked Andy Murray takes on familiar rival Juan Martin del Potro in remaining third-round play at the French Open on Saturday.
They each had a significant win last year with Murray taking gold at the Rio Olympics final and Del Potro edging a five-set thriller when Argentina beat Britain in the Davis Cup semifinals.
Murray leads the 29th-seeded Del Potro 6-3 in head-to-head matches, but this is their first meeting in a major since Murray’s win at the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 2008.
Following them onto Court Philippe Chatrier will be No. 15 Gael Monfils and No. 24 Richard Gasquet. The Frenchmen meet for the 14th time with Monfils 7-6 up.
Over on Court Suzanne Lenglen, 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka takes on Italian Fabio Fognini, who is seeded 28th.
Second-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova and No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania headline women’s play.
Pliskova faces Germany’s Carina Witthoeft and Halep plays No. 26 Daria Kasatkina of Russia.
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