French Open headlines and sidelines - Day 5

Paris (AFP) –


French Open headlines and sidelines on Thursday, the fifth day of the 2018 tournament:


+ Sharapova sees off Vekic

+ Cilic scrapes past Polish qualifier

+ Muguruza, Pliskova into last 32

+ Shapovalov knocked out by Marterer

+ Serena, Nadal in action later


Last lucky man standing

-- There were a record eight lucky losers in the men's singles draw this year, but Estonian Jurgen Zopp was the only one to make it to the third round.

Having not played at a Grand Slam since 2014, the world number 136 had to do it the hard way too, beating American 14th seed Jack Sock in five sets before coming back from two sets down to beat fellow lucky loser Ruben Bemmelmans in round two.

The 30-year-old will face world number 70 Maximilian Marterer next, with a potential last-16 clash against Rafael Nadal up for grabs.

So close, yet so far

-- American Bernarda Pera, playing in only the second Grand Slam tournament of her career, collapsed to defeat by Daria Gavrilova despite leading 7-5, 5-2 with a double break.

The world number 73, who reached the Australian Open third round on her major debut earlier this year, lost five games in a row, missing a match point on her own serve along the way. Pera managed to save three match points herself in the deciding set, but still lost 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Who's saying what

"I have one croissant per day, and if I've been running a lot, two. I just smell butter, and I feel like having one."

-- Former champion Garbine Muguruza can't resist the classic French pastries

"Grass is going to be a big part of the season for me. I think, I always enjoyed playing on it. It really suits my game style.

"I'm excited, you know, it's a short part of the season, but for me it's the funnest part."

-- Denis Shapovalov looking forward to fun on the grass

Numbers up

188 - the ranking of Cilic's vanquished opponent Hubert Hurkacz. The Polish qualifier fought back in the third and fourth sets on Philippe Chatrier court, but the third seed came through 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5.

82 - number of unforced errors made by 19-year-old Shapovalov in his surprise defeat.

5 - match points needed for two-time champion Maria Sharapova to get past Croatia's Donna Vekic.