PARIS – Naomi Osaka makes his way through the Frenchman in the hard way.
To cling to her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title, the top-ranked Osaka has twice had to pick up from the first set of woes
The latest opponent was the former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, and Osaka survived 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, on Thursday in another round match with excellent shooting skills.
Osaka, the ruling United States Open and Australian Open champion from Japan, surprised lost his first set 6-0 in the first round and started again badly.
Azarenka, now ranked No. 43 and without a main title since winning the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, drove to a 4-0 lead at Suzanne Lenglen Court and kept Osaka under constant pressure .
Osaka considered it unfortunate to be drawn to Azarenka, and the powerful and precise tennis produced by the 29-year-old Belarussian game in its 12th French Open showed why.
Broken by a backhand volley on the net from Azarenka in the fifth game of the second set, Osaka seemed to be in deep trouble. But, as she did by beating the first round opponent Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Osaka showed her resilience.
The eighth game in the second set was crucial. After saving two break points, Azarenka fell double. Osaka smoothed to 4-4, and momentum began to change. It was the seventh breakpoint that Azarenka had faced in the set and the first one she had failed to rescue.
But Azarenka still saved three set points before Osaka finally settled the match with a backhand cross-court winner.
The third set was packed with drama also with Osaka final taming azarenka with her third match point when her fighting opponent hit for a long time.
in the third round, osaka will play katerina siniakova, ranked no. 42. siniakova sent on 29th-seeded Maria Sakkari, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 6-3, in a 3-hour, 10-minute fight.
Serena Williams advanced to the third round by beating Kurumi Nara, 6-3, 6-2, at Philippe Chatrier Court.
Nara, a Japanese player and numbered 238, reached the draw at Roland Garros via the qualifying tournament. The gulf between her and Williams, a 23-time great champion, was quickly apparent.
Williams had no break points, earned 10 aces and made 36 winners. She will next play Sofia Kenin, ranked No. 35.
Dominic Thiem, the No. 4 seed in the men's trait, overcame some trickery from Alexander Bublik in Kazakhstan to move on to the third round with 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5 victory.
Bublik surprised Thiem with an underground servant in the first set and frustrated him with a series of drop shots, spins and volleys.
But Thiem, last year's finalist at Roland Garros, recovered from a break in the waiter in the fourth set and then gave Bublik a taste of his own medicine at his first match point, which created a comfy and successful drop shot.
Thiem will next face Pablo Cuevas, another master of trick shots. Cuevas led 7-6 (3), 6-3, 2-1, when Kyle Edmund retired from their match due to a left knee injury.
In a career that was already full of milestones, Novak Djokovic passed another in reaching the third round of the French opening: his young son watched him play the tournament for the first time.
Fortunately for Stefan Djokovic, his top-notch father Henri Laaksonen, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic said, "It is incredible that he has the patience for 1 hour and 30 minutes."
Djokovic's next opponent, Italian Salvatore Caruso in 147, ranked the main draw through the qualifying tournament. 19659002] American teenager Amanda Anisimova drew a disturbing match and hit 11-ranked Aryna Sabalenka, 6-4, 6-2
Anisimova, 17, turns out to be a jinx at Grand Slam tournaments for Sabalenka who lost to Anisimova in the third round of the Australian Open in January.
Anisimova, ranked No. 51, only makes her second appearance a t Roland Garros. She lost in the first round in 2017.
Another teenager, Iga Swiatek, who turns 18 on Friday, beat 16th-seeded Wang Qiang, 6-3, 6-0, in less than an hour to reach the third round one Grand Slam tournament for the first time.