She arrived in Paris after winning in Prague and Rome and with world number one and defending champion Ash Barty skipping the tournament, Halep is considered the overwhelming favourite to lift a second French Open title.
Nadal is on course for what would be an intriguing semi-final clash with US Open champion Dominic Thiem in Paris, with world number one Novak Djokovic potentially awaiting the victor in the final. Swiatek reached the fourth round at Roland Garros a year ago.
Pulling a pink puffer jacket over her other jacket, Azarenka put her rackets into her bag and walked off despite play continuing on all but one of the other courts.
The Spaniard is appearing for the first time in Paris without a clay title to his credit and skipped the recent United States hardcourt swing over Covid-19 concerns. "It's the first time for me here at Roland-Garros", the 19-year-old said.
Williams took the first set on a tie-break after a battle lasting 72 minutes which was riddled with unforced errors from the three-time champion. That combination of freshness, match toughness and confidence means she's exactly where she would want to be going into the French Open.
But Ahl, who learned from her mistakes at the US Open, upped her game by dismissing the ball like an angry person would zap annoying flies to force a tie-break.
Speaking at her post-match press conference, the Belarusian 10th seed said: "I think it's very tricky at the moment to have these conditions". I am grateful as a tennis player that I have an opportunity to compete and just play in another grand slam.
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"So that was it".
"I feel like this year that you've just got to roll with the punches, you can't expect anything and I thoroughly enjoy the clay". Her last major came at the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant.
Lying in his path to the final could be Italy's Fabio Fognini in the fourth round, followed by Germany's sixth seed Alexander Zverev, who was defeated in the US Open final by Dominic Thiem of Austria.
"My level was good". During her Media Day interview, Williams said: "I think a semifinal is always great".
Over in the men's draw, Spain's Rafael Nadal, who is hoping to win his 13th French Open title, has also stressed that conditions are different this year, after the clay tournament was delayed from May to late September because of the coronavirus pandemic. I was a bit nervous.
"Of course I would love to finish my career with 25, but [that's] something that probably will not happen".
Play on Monday was initially delayed by more persistent rain.
Petra Kvitova reached to the second round of the French Open after a 6-3, 7-5 win over Oceane Dodin under the new roof on Court Philippe Chatrier.