Osaka and Serena stunned at Roland Garros

Mae Harvey
June 5, 2019

In her first appearance as the top seed at a Grand Slam, the 21-year-old Osaka lost to Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2, meaning that her dream of winning the third straight Grand Slam title and a 16-match winning streak at Grand Slams came to a conclusion. After falling behind each set early, both times Williams battled back, yet eventually folded with mistakes, including a match-ending backhand stroke which sailed beyond the court, cementing Kenin's win.

Serena Williams of the USA reacts during her women´s singles third round match against Sofia Kenin of the U.S., on day seven of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 1, 2019.

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.

Williams surely remains a top figure surrounding women's tennis, but the once untouchable powerhouse now finds herself blazing down a bumpy road. Williams stared her down after sending down one ace. Kenin, a 20-year-old American, had upset Serena Williams in the previous round. "So I would just say I'm very disappointed in how I played, and I wish I could have done better".

Emotional Kenin said: "It is a lot of emotions, Serena is such a great player and a true champion True respect to her. Playing against Serena you have got to really fight for every point".

Keys needed only 75 minutes to get past Siniakova, a Czech who is ranked No. 42 in singles and No. 1 in doubles.

Barty took the first set with relative ease but a late fightback from Kenin could have been a warning sign of what was to come in the second.

The last 17-year-old to go this far at Roland Garros was Nicole Vaidisova, who made it to the semifinals in 2006. "I knew I just had to show the crowd, like, listen, Sonya Kenin is in the house".

The first tennis player from Japan to be ranked No. 1 thought she was better suited to contend this time and spoke about eyeing a third consecutive Grand Slam title.

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

So, I mean, it's nice to see competitive matches and for I think people to also enjoy matches where nothing's a given, and it can be unpredictable.

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

She'd never shared a court with Williams before, although Kenin did try to set up a practice session during the offseason by texting Mouratoglou.

Romania's Simona Halep dropped just three games as she eased past Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-1 into round four.

And the American superstar, who has still to win a title as a mother, must now wait till Wimbledon for her next chance to equal the record for Major titles.

And the seven-time Wimbledon champion admitted she is disappointed by her showing at Roland Garros.

The fifth-seeded Zverev rallied past ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

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