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Photo : Martin Sidorjak

Sharon Fichman and partner Giuliana Olmos of Mexico drop their third-round match at the 2021 French Open against Petra Martić of Croatia and Shelby Rogers of the United States 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Coming into today’s contest, the Canadian-Mexican duo had won seven consecutive matches – including a title in Rome. The pair also reached the Australian Open quarter-final in February and looked to accomplish the same feat at Roland Garros, their second Grand Slam of the year.

It was a thrilling match on Court 3 in the French capital.

In the first set, the Croatian and American duo got off to an early lead breaking Fichman and Olmos in the third game. However, the tenacious Italian Open champions broke back in the sixth and eighth game converting on both their break point opportunities to take the opening set 6-3.

Martić and Rogers dialed it back in to start the second set. They earned two breaks of serve and didn’t lose any service games, despite giving the Canadian-Mexican duo three break point opportunities. The No. 145 seed Martić and No. 108 seed Rogers took the second set 6-1.

The third and final set started off with a wild first game. Fichman and Olmos found themselves in a love-40 hole and managed to fight off three break points and hold.

After teams exchanged breaks in the third and fourth games, the Croatian-American duo converted their second break point opportunity in the seventh game and didn’t allow Fichman and Olmos a chance to break back.

After two hours and two minutes, Martić and Rogers defeated the last remaining Canadian at the French Open and advance to the quarter-final.