'Shocking': Tennis world in disbelief over French Open chaos

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Aryna Sabalenka (pictured left) frustrated during the French Open and (pictured right) Paula Badosa reacting to a point.
Both Aryna Sabalenka (pictured left) and Paula Badosa (pictured right) were eliminated from the French Open. (Getty Images)

The tennis world has been left stunned as World No.1 Iga Swiatek remains the only Top 10 seed to remain in the French Open after a number of upsets in the Third Round.

Swiatek produced a masterclass to continue her WTA dominance as she surged into the Fourth Round of Roland Garros.

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However, it was the upsets of Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka that raised eyebrows.

Spanish third seed Badosa retired at 6-3, 2-1 against Veronika Kudermetova while Sabalenka, seeded seventh, lost 12 of the last 13 games - including eight in a row - against Italy's Camila Giorgi.

Sabalenka, a former world No.2, won a hard-fought opening set but then was reduced to a mere spectator as Giorgi scorched the court with winners.

The Belarusian managed to win only one more game as Giorgi completed a remarkable comeback win in an hour and 42 minutes.

Badosa was forced to retire with a right calf injury.

She required medical attention during her match and then decided early in the second set that she could no longer continue.

Tennis fans around the world reacted with shock after Swiatek remained the only favourite to enter the second week of the French Open.

While top seeds are falling, Swiatek has remained steadfast in her quest for a second French Open title.

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It has been over 100 days - and 31 matches - since Swiatek last lost.

"Thinking about all these stats, it's not really helpful. So basically I try to be really strict in terms of my thoughts and try to really focus on ... finding solutions," said 20-year-old Swiatek.

Her next opponent is Zheng Qinwen, a 19-year-old from China who is ranked 74th and in her second grand slam tournament.

Iga Swiatek (pictured) celebrates a set against Danka Kovinic during the 2022 French Open.
Iga Swiatek (pictured) celebrates a set against Danka Kovinic during the 2022 French Open. (Photo by Antonio Borga/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

The next highest-ranked opponent remaining in the draw is American Jessica Pegula, the 11th seed, who powered into the last 16 for the first time with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) win over last year's semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek.

Swiatek and Pegula are on course for a quarter-final clash.

with AAP

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