French Open 2019: Serena Williams hopes to return to best for Wimbledon

French Open 2019: Serena Williams hopes to return to best for Wimbledon

Japan's Osaka went out 6-4, 6-2 against 42nd-ranked Czech Katerina Siniakova as the already heavily depleted women's field saw another shock exit.

However, in a further reality check and possible sign of things to come for the American star, there are three teenagers in the last 16 at Roland Garros this year.

Despite her loss here, and despite wins at the most recent US and Australian Opens, this is the first time she was a top seeded player.

Serena Williams' bid to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was thwarted again yesterday when she suffered her earliest exit at the majors in nearly five years, prompting more questions over her long-term future at the highest level. Halep won 6-2, 6-1 over No. 27 Lesia Tsurenko. Barty stopped Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-1.

Barty next plays Madison Keys, the American 14th seed bidding to reach the last four in Paris for the second-straight year. In the fourth round, he will clash with Germany's Jean-Lenaard Streff, who beat Croatia's Borna Korich 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 11-9 in the fourth round.is.

Siniakova made her pay, breaking for 5-4 and taking the opener when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set. On the third, however, she lost the game on a forehand error.

The 37-year-old Williams, seeded 10th, paid the price for her lack of match practice as she was playing in only her fifth tournament of the year, and her fightback in the middle of the second set was short-lived.

"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.

"I would have expected to have gotten past the the third round". But then it kind of goes away, because I try to focus on playing my matches, she said. No matter who wins the title in Paris, Naomi Osaka will be replaced in the number one spot.

Osaka spoke of headaches and tiredness but also insisted Siniakova and others are no pushovers because they are "ranked five million hundred or whatever". "I have to admit big emotions, but it's normal". So I would just say I'm very disappointed in how I played, and I wish I could have done better...

This latest defeat means her bid to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles continues.

Williams was pulled all over the court by high-quality groundstrokes from Kenin, who received a walkover in Round 2 when Bianca Andreescu withdrew because of a shoulder injury in the opening set.

"Let the Roland Garros begin". The 17-year-old defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6, 6-4.

The Djokovic-Struff victor will square off against either Italian world No. 12 Fabio Fognini or German world No. 5 Alexander Zverev.

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