Elina Svitolina lost 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to leave the French Open women’s draw decimated with four of the five leading seeds all gone.

The three-time quarter-finalist from Ukraine lost to Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who lifted her first career singles title last week in the Strasbourg run-up tournament.

The 33rd-ranked Czech has been dominating in doubles, picking up the French and Wimbledon titles in 2018 and finishing runner-up at the Australian Open with partner Katerina Siniakova.

With Svitolina out, only three of the Top 10 seeds remain: 2020 finalist Sonia Kenin, holder Iga Swiatak and Serena Williams.

Krajcikova’s win included a mega-game lasting 21 minutes at 4-3 in the first set, which resulted in a break of Svitolina.

“I’m so super happy I didn’t really believe it,” the winner said. “I was able to play tennis and the game plan was working.

“My shots were amazing, this is my best match so far.”

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Krajcikova will play for the quarter-finals against 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens after the unseeded American defeated 19th-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova 6-3, 7-5.


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