The Challenger tournament in Bordeaux is successful for French players, who will be three in the quarter-finals. In Paris, Diane Parry will also be in the quarters of the WTA 125 tournament organized in the Bois de Boulogne.
Quickly eliminated on the side of Rome, the French players returned to play Challenger tournaments in France in order to continue their preparation for Roland-Garros and accumulate confidence and victories. And this choice paid off for three Blues, who qualified for the quarter-finals in Bordeaux. Honor first of all to Corentin Moutet (67th), who dominated former double Roland-Garros finalist Dominic Thiem (96th) 7-6, 6-1 in 1h35.
The young Parisian was only playing his sixth match of the year due to an injury in January, and it is the first time he has won two times since the last Rolex Paris Masters. As Thiem served for the first set winner, he eventually overthrew it by winning the tiebreak 7-5, before unwinding in the second set. The French will face the German Struff for a place in the half and will gain at least six places in the standings. As for the Austrian, he will listen carefully to Rafael Nadal’s press conference, because if the Spaniard withdraws from Roland-Garros, he will not need to go through the qualifications.
Gasquet wins a three-hour game, Wawrinka easy against Murray
Richard Gasquet also qualified for the quarters, beating Thanasi Kokkinakis after a 3:05 fight: 1-6, 7-6, 7-5. Passed through the first set, the Biterrois pulled away to win the next two, especially after being led 2-0 in the third. He will face Mikael Ymer, who defeated Luka Van Assche 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in 2:13 saving 10 break points out of 14. Ugo Humbert, decidedly surprising on clay this season, also joined the quarters, eliminating the Belgian Gauthier Onclin: 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 in 2h37 thanks in particular to 13 aces. The Messin missed a match point in the tie-break of the second set, but was able to bounce back and won the last set thanks to a white break at 6-5.
Next opponent: a certain Stan Wawrinka, who won the match between former Grand Slam winners against Andy Murray: 6-0, 6-0. On the other hand, Adrian Mannarino, uncomfortable on earth, lost his seventh match of the last eight, against Albert Ramos: 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. In Paris, at the WTA 125 tournament which takes place at Lagardère Paris Racing in the Bois de Boulogne, Diane Parry (20) won her ticket for the quarterfinals by dominating the Chinese Yue Yuan 6-2, 6-3 in 1h14. This allows her to virtually get closer to the Top 100 (102nd) and to gain confidence before Roland-Garros, where she will benefit from an invitation.