Wed. Jan 20th, 2021

Osaka’s dream Grand Slam run ends at Roland Garros

Naomi Osaka slumped to a straight sets defeat in the third round at Roland Garros to shatter her dream of a third successive Grand Slam title.

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Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam ended Saturday when she was knocked out of the French Open in the third round.

The world number one suffered an exit at the hands of Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

The top seed and reigning US and Australian Open champion, crashed to a straight sets defeat, going down 6-4, 6-2 to the Czech who was ranked 42nd in the world before the tournament started.

Only four of the women’s top 10 seeds are left in the tournament among them are three-time winner Serena Williams and defending champion Simona Halep. Halep started the tournament as the bookies favourite despite her third seeding.

Osaka’s luck ran out in Paris as she committed 38 unforced errors in something of a blowout.

“It’s amazing, I can’t believe it, I am so happy now,” said Siniakova.

“I played my best tennis and I hope it continues.”

Siniakova won the 2018 Women’s Doubles at Roland Garros alongside compatriot Barbora Krejcikova.

Osaka starts slowly again

Despite being seeded top for the first time at a Slam, the 21-year-old Osaka had never looked convincing in Paris.She was two points away from defeat in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and came back from a set and break down to see off Victoria Azarenka in round two.

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

Siniakova made the most of Osaka’s wayward play, breaking to go 5-4 up and going on to take the opener. Siniakova clinched the set when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set.

The World number one ranked women’s doubles player kept up the pressure on Osaka, breaking her serve for a 3-2 lead in the second.

Siniakova backed it up with another break for 5-2 off Osaka’s third double fault of the match.

Victory was hers on Court Suzanne Lenglen when Osaka unleashed another misguided forehand.

The Czech will face Madison Keys of the United States for a place in the quarter-finals in what will be her first appearance in the last 16 of a Grand Slam.

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