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Iga Swiatek killed time between Roland-Garros matches by reading Agatha Christie’s “Murder On The Orient Express”.

Next, the world number one might want to try “And Then There Were None” after suddenly finding herself as the only top-10 seed still in the tournament.

In fact, Hercule Poirot may be investigating ‘The Case Of The Disappearing Seeds’ after Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka crashed on Saturday, joining seven others on the Roland Garros missing list.

Third seed Badosa of Spain retired injured at 6-3 2-1 against Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova, and seventh seed Sabalenka imploded against Italy’s Camila Giorgi, taking the first set before losing 4-6 6-1 6-0.

Poland’s top-seeded Swiatek was already heavy favorite for a second title before a ball was kicked in Paris, and her path is even clearer now.

Nonetheless, the 20-year-old still had to negotiate a rare second-set dip to extend her winning streak to a daunting 31 games.

Swiatek appeared to be heading into the fourth round as she led 6-3 4-1, with two service breaks, over Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.

But four games later, Kovinic, ranked 95th in the world, fought back to lead 5-4.

However, Swiatek managed to reset and claim a 6-3 7-5 and a place in the last 16.

“I wanted to play very aggressively, but sometimes I felt like I was putting on too much power and it was hard to control,” she said.

“I needed to play with a little less risk and be more consistent.

“She did a really good job defending and giving back at top speed.

“She was serving very precisely – it was a bit tricky but I’ve played with big hitters before, but it was quite difficult to adapt at first.

“I feel like I can play more without fear, but today I lost both breaks. But playing well at the start means putting pressure on my opponents, which is important.

Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu ended French wild card Leolia Jeanjean’s fairytale run with a 6-1 6-4 win.

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Leolia Jeanjean’s race has come to an end (Thibault Camus / AP)

Jeanjean, ranked 227th in the world, had upset eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round.

The 26-year-old lived on minimum wage after a knee injury forced her to give up tennis for almost five years, but her decision to return has paid off as she will pocket around £107,000 in prize money .

Fellow Frenchwoman Alize Cornet had to tearfully retire injured 6-0 3-0 against 19-year-old Qinwen Zheng of China.

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