Stuttering Osaka braced for tough match against Azarenka

Stuttering Osaka braced for tough match against Azarenka

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka almost became the latest seeded woman to be upset in the first round at the French Open, dropping her first set 6-0 to 90th-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova before rallying to win the next two.

1, now holds both the U.S. Open and Australian Open titles, and coming into Thursday had won 15 straight Grand Slam matches.

Victoria Azarenka avoided the fate of fellow former world number ones Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, who were knocked out in the first round, when she beat 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.

The Croatian, who turned 40 in February, beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 to become the oldest player to win at the slam in 45 years.

"Also I have never played on Chatrier before. For me, I've just begun learning how to do that". "It's been an intense Match", said Eurosport expert Boris Becker. The match then appeared done when he led by two sets, but the big-serving Millman is a fighter if anything. On Monday, 23-time Grand Slam victor Williams also spent three sets on the clay court to seal a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 win against Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko. "And I'm just going to try and work hard and try to turn that around", she said. "He is definitely one of the best in the game at the moment, so it's a tough challenge".

But the calf problem hampered her preparations for the French Open even if she did not feel any pain on Monday.

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after the women's singles first round match with Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia at French Open tennis tournament 2019 at Roland Garros, in Paris, France on May 28, 2019.

Osaka appeared to be finding her groove ahead 3-0 in the second set.

Johanna Konta will aim for only her second win at Roland Garros when she faces American Lauren Davis in the final match of the day on Court 1. There were no nerves on display as Zverev ended the contest on his first match point.

The 29-year-old was close to snapping an eight-match losing streak against top-10 opposition at grand slams, before Osaka dug deep. His success is all recent though, as Zverev has struggled to string consecutive tournament successes together for much of the past few months.

Alexander Zverev survived a bruising four-hour battle to reach the French Open second round on Tuesday, while dangerman Juan Martin del Potro also progressed.

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