French Open: How Americans Fared on Day 5

At the end of day five there are five Americans left in the singles draw. The two men are both unfortunately in the bottom half of the draw, which just happens to be the toughest half.

Kenin and Collins won their matches today; however, [29] Sloane Stephens was not as fortunate and lost in three sets to the Spaniard, [87] Paula Badosa.

Anisimova will be tested tomorrow when she faces the number one seed, [1] Simona Halep. Not only is Halep the number one seed, she is also the 2018 Roland Garros champion and moves well on this surface.

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Americans Left In The Draw

American Men (13)>>>> 2 American Women (19) >>>>3
[27] Taylor Fritz
[48] Tennys Sandgren
[95] Marcos Giron
[211] Sebastian Korda (Q)  
[4] Sofia Kenin
[25] Amanda Anisimova
[29] Sloane Stephens
[57] Danielle Collins
[79] Christina McHale

Fallen Non-American Seeds

[2] Karolina Pliskova lost in straight sets to former Roland Garros champion, [43] Jelena Ostapenko.

[9] Denis Shapovalov lost in a grueling five-hour five-set-battle to [101] Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP). Shapovalov may have lost because of a missed call and aired his frustration about the lack of electronic verification of line calls on clay.

[14] Elena Rybakina lost to Frenchwoman, [49] Fiona Ferro, in three sets.  [22] Dusan Lajovic lost a three-hour five set battle to [118] Kevin Anderson (RSA) and [30] Jan-Lennard Struff lost in straight sets to fellow countryman, [186] Daniel Altmaier.

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Special Mention

Eighteen-year-old [100] Leylah Fernandez (CAN) advances to the third round of Roland Garros with a three-set victory over [47] Polona Hercog (SLO).

[2] Rafael Nadal’s path to the final will not get any easier.  He can potentially meet four players who can upset him: [16] Stan Wawrinka; [3] Dominic Thiem; [6] Alexander Zverev; and [12] Diego Schwartzman.  If he gets past them and gets to the final, he will be physically and emotionally wasted.  Yet, tennis teaches us repeatedly that nothing is guaranteed; you go out, try your hardest and hope for the best.

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