Thursday, Jun 30, 2022

French Open 2022: Rohan Bopanna, Matwe Middelkoop March Into Men’s Doubles Pre-Quarterfinals

The Indo-Dutch pair of Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop defeated Andrey Golubev and Fabrice Martin in straight sets to enter the next round in French Open 2022.

Rohan Bopanna celebrates after entering the French Open 2022 men's doubles pre-quarters.
Rohan Bopanna celebrates after entering the French Open 2022 men's doubles pre-quarters. Twitter (@IndTennisDaily)

India's Rohan Bopanna and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop marched into the pre-quarterfinals of the French Open 2022 men's doubles event with a straight-set win over Andrey Golubev and Fabrice Martin on Thursday. (More Tennis News)

Bopanna and Middelkoop won the second round with a 6-3, 6-4 scoreline against their opponents in one hour and six minutes. The Indo-Dutch combo, seeded 16th, broke the from Kazakhstan-French pair at 4-4 in the second set and then Middelkoop served out the match at love.

Bopanna's best performance at the clay court major is reaching the last-eight stage in 2011, 2016, 2018 and 2021. Later in the day, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sania Mirza will be in action in their respective doubles events.

Meanwhile, two-time major finalist Karolina Pliskova has lost in the second round at Roland Garros to a French wild-card entry making her debut in any Grand Slam tournament.

The 227th-ranked Leolia Jeanjean’s 6-2, 6-2 victory over the eighth-seeded Pliskova means that six of the top 10 women in the seedings at the French Open already are gone before the second round is completed.

Pliskova joins No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova, No. 4 Maria Sakkari, No. 5 Anett Kontaveit, No. 6 Ons Jabeur and No. 10 Garbine Muguruza on the way out. The remaining four women in the top 10 are scheduled to play Thursday: No. 1 Iga Swiatek, No. 3 Paola Badosa, No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka and No. 9 Danielle Collins.

Pliskova has been ranked No. 1 and was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and the U.S. Open in 2016. She also has reached the semifinals at the other two major tournaments. That includes at the French Open in 2017.


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