Top seeds Osaka, Serena crash out in Paris

Arnold Nichols
June 5, 2019

Serena Williams lost in the third round of the French Open on Saturday, in a surprising upset that saw her defeated by American player Sofia Kenin. "I feel like she, in that first set in particular, she hit pretty much inches from the line, and I haven't played anyone like that in a long time. I had to fight for every point".

The 14th-seeded Keys experienced little trouble in a 6-2 6-4 victory against Czech Katerina Siniakova.

Japanese top seed Osaka, the reigning USA and Australian Open champion, crashed to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to the 42nd-ranked Czech.

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. With 23, Williams stands one away from Margaret Court's mark for the most in tennis history; Court played in both the professional and amateur eras.

Later, Serena Williams suffered yet another shocker. "I have played the French Open before but not in this circumstance or situation, whichever one".

It was 37-year-old Serena's earliest exit at the Slams since a third round loss to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon in 2014. The British player said: "I think that's been the growing mood for quite some time now, I think for the last few years".

But Kenin played quite well, never showing a trace of nerves.

Unpredictably, this match's results fell secondary as far surprises go, as No. 1-seeded Naomi Osaka's bid to capture a French Open title ended after a crushing defeat to the No. 42-ranked Katerina Siniakova.

"I have some time on my hands and maybe I will take a wildcard at a grass-court event".

"Before the match, I was really nervous", Halep said.

Djokovic breezed past Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2 and is yet to drop a set - or come close to it. She made a definitive statement on Monday as she only lost three games in the entire match. But can Kenin replicate that performance against an in-form Barty in the midst of her own career year?

Keys meanwhile will face Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves with some serious staredowns.

Playing in the third round at Roland Garros for the first time, the world number 35, won't be overawed.

Alexander Zverev won his fifth five-set match at Roland Garros in just two years, seeing off Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

Said her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou: "All I know is, she was not ready".

Osaka said Saturday she felt exhausted and was dealing with a headache.

Her mounting mistakes just kept accumulating against Siniakova, who had never reached the fourth round in singles in 18 previous Slam appearances. She demonstrated that by getting to the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open past year, when she returned to the tour following the September 2017 birth of her daughter.

"I felt the chance because her first and second round were tough".

"I mean, it's incredible". "It was my best tennis".

Djokovic moved into the round of eight with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over 45th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, saving the only break point he faced and compiling 31 winners to only 12 unforced errors.

The seventh-seeded Japanese player overcame strong resistance from local favorite Benoit Paire to win 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5.

"For me it's easy not to look ahead", Barty said.

"I am glad I came", she added.

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