Iga Swiatek, 19, has reached her third Grand Slam round of 16, all the more impressive considering that she had foot surgery after the 2019 United States Open. Swiatek, who has a junior Wimbledon title and a Youth Olympics gold medal, has not lost a set in the first week of the tournament and upset the 15th seed, Marketa Vondrousova.
Swiatek lost to Halep in last year’s round of 16 at the French Open, 6-1, 6-0. That may be hard to block out, especially since Halep looks better this year. Swiatek will need to take confidence from how she’s played without thinking too much about Halep.
SUZANNE LENGLEN COURT | 7 A.m.
Alexander Zverev vs. Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner, at just 19, is in his first Grand Slam round of 16. More impressively, he has not lost a set, beating the No. 11 seed, David Goffin, and a pair of lower-ranked clay-court specialists in style. Sinner, from Italy, has a penchant for powerful approach shots followed by perfectly dipping drop shots, a lethal combination that places his opponents on their heels.
Alexander Zverev, fresh off a trip to the U.S. Open final, has continued to have his consistency questioned throughout the first week at the French Open. He needed five sets to push past Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who is ranked 78th, but for the most part seems to have left the disappointment of New York behind him.
Sinner and Zverev are both tall, lanky players, but aside from their strong two-handed backhands, they don’t have much in common when it comes to style of play. While Zverev will have the edge because of his experience on the bigger stages, Sinner has not been shy about beating top-caliber players in the past month, and it is unlikely that he will be intimidated by Zverev’s credentials.
PHILIPPE CHATRIER COURT | 10 a.m.
Elina Svitolina vs. Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia, ranked 45th, knocked out Anett Kontaveit and Elise Mertens, the 17th and 16th seeds. A heavy baseliner, Garcia has seemed to tamp down any nerves as she battled past her opposition. Garcia is trying to reach her second Grand Slam quarterfinal, matching her result at the 2017 French Open.