Serena, Osaka crash out of French Open

Serena, Osaka crash out of French Open

Osaka's grand slam winning run, which took in titles at the US Open and Australian Open, ended with a third-round defeat by Katerina Siniakova before Williams was beaten by young American Sofia Kenin. Up next for the 17-year-old is Spain's Aliona Bolsova, a 6-2, 7-5 victor over Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russian Federation.

Osaka is adapting to the clay but she is a quick study, evidenced by a 7-1 record on the surface this season entering the French Open.

It was the second significant surprise in a matter of hours: Earlier in the day, No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka was eliminated 6-4, 6-2 by 42nd-ranked Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

On Saturday, Williams was out of sorts on Court Philippe-Chatrier, showing glimpses of her overpowering arsenal of weapons but also lots of signs of rust stemming from her recent lack of tournament play, reports Efe news.


Halep will play Polish teen and last year's junior doubles Wimbledon champion Iga Swiatek. I don't want to say I was depressed - that's too strong a statement.

Siniakova, on the other hand, reached last 16 in a Grand Slam for the first time in career.

She is planning to get Bono a puppy passport so he can accompany her to Roland Garros next year.

Serving for her first win over a world No. 1 at 5-2, Siniakova kept her nerve and won the match on Osaka's 38th error. Sitasipass defeated Serbia's Philipp Kranjovic 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6). On the women's side, can Simona Halep defend her title?


The loss ends Osaka's run of 16 straight wins in Grand Slam tournaments, which included titles at the U.S. Open and Australian Open. But then it kind of goes away, because I try to focus on playing my matches, she said.

In Keys, she'll face someone who is in the quarters for the fifth time in the last seven majors, including a runner-up finish at the 2017 U.S. Open and a semifinal showing in Paris a year ago.

"I haven't played anyone like that in a while", she said, visibly disappointed. And she suspected headaches she experienced earlier at the clay-court major were because of stress. American teen Amanda Anisimova continued her French debut hanging on to beat Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6, 6-4 to advance. "I think it will be enough time", she said.

Wawrinka, the 2015 champion and a three-time major victor, recorded his 500th match win with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8) win over Grigor Dimitrov. Greek dark horse Stefanos Tsitsipas completed a darkness-interrupted third-round match to beat Filip Krajinovic, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), and faces Stan Wawrinka next in a mouth-watering Sunday date after the Swiss 2015 victor saved four set points to complete a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8) win over Grigor Dimitrov.


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