|Dates: May 28 – June 11 place: Roland Garros, Paris|
|coverage: Live text and radio commentary of selected matches via BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app|
Jessica Pegula becomes the highest-ranked women’s player to exit the 2023 French Open to date as she was emphatically beaten by Elise Mertens.
Third seed American Pegula, a quarter-finalist in Paris last year, suffered a 6-1 6-3 defeat.
28th seeded Russian, Belgian Mertens will face either Anastasia Potapova or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Pegula’s time at Roland Garros wasn’t over as she reached the second round in the women’s doubles with Coco Gauff.
The duo reached the final in 2022, and the semifinals at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Pegula, who was preparing for the French Open Derailed by food poisoningis the 21st seed to exit the women’s singles within six days of work.
Earlier on Friday, ninth seed Daria Kasatkina breezed through her third round match with American Peyton Stearns, winning 6-0, 6-1.
The Russian will face her compatriot Anna Blinkova or the Ukrainian Elena Svitolina.