Elena Rybakina breezes past Elina Svitolina in French Open Round of 16

Is Rybakina on a collision course with Aryna Sabalenka in her section of the draw?
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Elena Rybakina made quick work of Elina Svitolina in their Round of 16 match at the French Open on Monday morning. She opened the match with an immediate break of Svitolina but had a few bumps early with her own serve before pulling away in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Svitolina's game plan is to defend, but she could not keep pace with Rybakina.

Rybakina is letting her tennis racquet do the talking for her after challenging the French Open media to ask her better questions than what she is wearing and how she is feeling. Martina Navratilova calls her serve, one of her best weapons, "simple and smooth."

With all of the focus on Iga Swiatek going for a three-peat in Paris, is Rybakina a threat to win her first ever clay court Grand Slam?

Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, and Elena Rybakina are in championship form

It is early in the second week, but the top four players in the world look to be the final four at Roland Garros.

Potential semifinal matchups are Swiatek vs. Gauff and Sabalenka vs. Rybakina. My prediction at the beginning of the tournament was that Sabalenka would win her second Grand Slam of the year, but given how all four women are playing, it is anyone's trophy at this point.

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Of course, Ons Jabeur, Emma Navarro and Mirra Andreeva are other players still in contention that would like to play spoilers and grab a maiden Grand Slam in Paris.

Saturday is the women's final, and given the level of play by these players, it should be a good one. Swiatek is chasing clay court greatness with a third straight French Open; whereas, Coco Gauff is a former French Open finalist who loves the European red clay. Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina won their Grand Slams on hard and grass courts respectively, but are showing they have an all-court game.

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