Sara Sorribes Tormo has advanced to the Round of 16 at the French Open… without breaking a sweat.
World No.4 Elena Rybakina withdrew from Roland Garros with an upper respiratory illness on Saturday just before she was scheduled to take the court for her third-round match against the 26-year-old tennis player.
“I saw the doctor and they said that actually it’s all a virus here in Paris,” Rybakina said. “I guess with my allergy, immune system just went down and I picked up something. As I said, I was not sleeping well for two days. I had fever, headache. I think you can hear [my voice] also.
“So, yeah, it’s difficult to perform and obviously to run and even breathe. So I think that was the only right decision I could make.”
With Rybakina’s withdrawal, Sorribes Tormo advances via walkover and is into her first Fourth Round at a Grand Slam.
She’ll next face 14th-seed Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Sorribes Tormo’s previous best showing was a third round appearance at the 2021 US Open.