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Swiatek gets 31st straight win

PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek (EE’-gah shvee-AHN’-tehk) has won her 31st consecutive match and is into the fourth round at the French Open for the fourth time in four appearances.

The 2020 French Open champion has collected 48 of the past 49 sets she has played. Swiatek’s winning streak is the longest in women’s tennis since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013. Swiatek improved her career record at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament to 17-2.

Saturday’s 6-3, 7-5 victory over 95th-ranked Danka Kovinic wasn’t entirely smooth sailing. Swiatek’s forehand was a particular trouble spot, responsible for 17 of her 23 unforced errors.

In other action on Day 7:

— Jessica Pegula (peh-GOO’-luh) will make her debut in the French Open’s fourth round after eliminating 2021 semifinalist Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-1, 7-6. The 11th-seeded American is one of just two of the top 15 seeds remaining in the women’s draw. Iga Swiatek is the other.

— Daniil Medvedev has reached the fourth round at Roland Garros for the second straight year. The reigning U.S. Open champion, who is seeded second in Paris, advanced with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 28 Miomir Kecmanovic. The 26-year-old Russian has not dropped a set through three matches this week. He faces 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic or 37-year-old French wild-card entry Gilles Simon next.

— Jannik Sinner managed to save 11 set points in the second set on the way to beating Mackie McDonald 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. The 11th-seeded Sinner was treated by a trainer for an issue with his left leg. Sinner is a 20-year-old from Italy who has made it to Week 2 in all three of his trips to the French Open. He wound up losing to Rafael Nadal in both 2020 and 2021.

— Zheng Qinwen has become the fourth Chinese woman to reach the fourth round at the French Open, doing so in her tournament debut. The 74th-ranked Zheng was leading 6-0, 3-0 on Saturday at Court Philippe Chatrier when her opponent, France’s Alizé Cornet, stopped playing because of what she said was a torn muscle in her upper left leg. Zheng is a 19-year-old who is ranked 74th and playing in only her second Grand Slam tournament.

— Camila Giorgi beat No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.

— No. 20 Daria Kasatkina defeated Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-2.

— Irina-Camelia Begu reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in six years. She got there one match after being fined $10,000 for tossing her racket and having it brush a child in the stands. The 63rd-ranked Romanian advanced by beating 227th-ranked French wild-card entry Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-4.


Rangers try to force Hurricanes into deciding game

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers need a win at home to keep their postseason going. The Carolina Hurricanes are still looking for their first road victory in these playoffs.

After Carolina won 3-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead, the Rangers will be looking to force a deciding game when they host the Hurricanes in Game 6 on Saturday night.

A must-win game is nothing new for these Rangers. They trailed 3-1 against Pittsburgh in the first round, then won three straight to advance, becoming the first team in NHL history to rally from a deficit in three consecutive elimination games. The Rangers also trailed in this series after losing the first two games in Carolina. They returned home and won Games 3 and 4 to even the series. Now, they have to win at home again to tie things up one more time.


Kluber faces former team when Yankees visit Rays

UNDATED (AP) — Corey Kluber faces his former Yankees teammates Saturday for the first time since signing with the rival Rays when New York visits Tampa Bay. He’ll square off with New York ace Gerrit Cole.

Kluber pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees on May 19, 2021 against another of his former teams, the Texas Rangers. The two-time Cy Young Award winner signed an $8 million, one-year deal with Tampa Bay and is 1-2 with a 4.42 ERA in eight starts.

Cole is coming off what he termed a “peculiar” outing against Baltimore in which he allowed five runs but also struck out 11 with no walks over eight innings.

Elsewhere in the majors Saturday:

— Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) takes a spotless 0.00 ERA into his third start with the White Sox, although the 36-year-old is yet to get a decision. He’ll face the crosstown Cubs after pitching six scoreless innings in each of his first two outings against the Royals and Yankees. Cueto signed a minor league deal with Chicago after Lance Lynn was injured at the end of spring training.


Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole in Monaco GP as Perez crashes

MONACO (AP) — Charles Leclerc has positioned himself to reclaim the Formula One championship lead from reigning champion Max Verstappen by winning the pole for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Leclerc was already atop the leaderboard Saturday when a crash by Sergio Perez stopped the session with about 30 seconds remaining. Perez had spun his Red Bull and was blocking the course, and Carlos Sainz Jr. saw him too late to avoid hitting Perez. Despite the contact with Perez, Sainz qualified second as Ferrari locked out the front row for Sunday’s race.

Leclerc has never finished a race on his home circuit.

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