Federer amused by Thiem's irritation over Serena

Arnold Nichols
June 3, 2019

But some qualities aren't captured by analytics, and No. 35-ranked Sofia Kenin - who goes by Sonya - appears to be well along in the self-belief she needs to be competitive on an occasion like Saturday's third-round French Open match against the 10th-seeded, literally peerless Williams, 17 years her senior.

American Serena Williams hits a shot during her French Open third-round match against American Sofia Kenin at Roland Garros in Paris on Saturday.

World No.1 Osaka had won 16 consecutive slam matches, taking in titles at the US Open and Australian Open and two victories in Paris.

Three-time Roland Garros champion Williams was attempting to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 majors.

Williams, who has still to add to her majors collection since she returned to the tour after giving birth to her daughter, fired 30 winners and 34 unforced errors.

Osaka dropped the first set for the third successive match at the tournament, squandering seven break points in all.

"I didn't really care", Kenin said after her upset win, according to Eurosport's Tumaini Carayol.

Asked whether a third-round appearance was satisfactory, given her issues, Williams not surprisingly said it was not.

Siniakova made the most of Osaka's wayward play, breaking to go 5-4 up and going on to take the opener.

"It is incredible, it is something I can't believe, I'm so happy", Siniakova said after reaching the last 16 of a Grand Slam singles for the first time.

She will be 38 in September and her 23rd and most recent Slam triumph was at the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant.

"I'm glad I came, at the end of the day", she said, "but it's been a really grueling season for me".

The mistakes became wilder as the match wore on, Osaka looking resigned to her fate.

The Romanian needed only 55 minutes to get to the fourth round with a 6-2 6-1 victory over 27th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko.

"It would go from one to 10 and I'm like at a 100 right now", said Osaka.

This year's Wimbledon gets underway on July 1, so she at least has four weeks to line up her next assault on the Court landmark. It wasn't to be this time, as the younger American's powerful groundstrokes and sharp, strategic shotmaking were too much to overcome in a 6-2, 7-5 win. It's fantastic. Even today, I was playing against her and thinking, you know, I'm not sure I will be here playing at that age. I don't think he's mad at Serena or anybody.

Osaka after all rallied from set and break deficits in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and second round against fellow grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka.

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