Serena, Osaka Slammed Out Of French Open; Stephens v Muguruza Ahead
by Staff | June 1st, 2019, 4:32 pm

The top seeds continued to tumble out of the French Open. Saturday in Paris saw both world No. 1 Naomi Osaka and then Serena Williams both get sent out of the tournament.

All the close calls this week finally caught up to Osaka who was overwhelmed on Lenglen by doubles ace Katerenia Siniakova. The young Czech doubles champion tore through Osaka 6-4, 6-2 for the biggest win of her career.

“I had some matches on the biggest courts here in doubles,” Siniakova said. “So the atmosphere is much different than on a smaller court. So in this case, it helped me.

Osaka drops to 0-3 in the French Open third round and her 16-match win streak in Slams is over.

“I feel like saying that ‘I’m depressed’ is a very strong statement,” Osaka said. “Because I felt that way before, and it’s not as extreme as that. So I would just say I’m very disappointed in how I played, and I wish I could have done better… I think it’s a natural part of life, especially if you train super hard for moments like these, and then you don’t perform how you want to.”

Later, Serena Williams suffered yet another shocker. Looking slow and far from her best, Serena succumbed to fellow American Sofia Kenin 6-2, 7-5 for her earliest exit at a Slam in almost five years.

“I think she played really well,” said Serena. “I feel like she, in that first set in particular, she hit pretty much inches from the line, and I haven’t played anyone like that in a long time. So, yeah, she actually played really well.

“I am glad I came,” she added. “You know, I love the city, and I love the tournament. I really wanted to be here. So I’m glad I came, at the end of the day. It’s just been a really grueling season for me.”

The 20-year-old Kenin, who was born in Russia, has now won 11 of her last 13 against American foes on tour.

She’ll now face Ash Barty who is having her best French Open. The Aussie reached her third straight Slam fourth round coasting past Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-1.

Finding her range, defending champion Simona Halep won her 10th straight match at the French Open blasting No. 27 seed Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-1.

Halep on Monday will face new star Iga Swiatek. The Polish teen who just turned 18 Friday, came from a set down to deny gold medalist Monica Puig 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Swiatek won’t be the only 18-year-old in the final 16. American teen Amanda Anisimova continued her French debut hanging on to beat Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6, 6-4 to advance. A great draw for her awaits in qualifier Aliona Bolsova who was a winner over Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Madison Keys also advanced in three sets.

Sunday, the fourth round begins with a mouth-watering showdown between 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza and 2018 finalist Sloane Stephens. Muguruza has cruised since dropping her opening set of the event to Taylor Townsend.

Johanna Konta clashes with Donna Vekic, Petra Martic meets Kaia Kanepi and US Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova battles teen Marketa Vondrousova.

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5 Comments for Serena, Osaka Slammed Out Of French Open; Stephens v Muguruza Ahead

chrisford1 Says:

Another Williams controversy. Emotional after her loss she declared she would not wait around to to her press conference, or reasons not specified.

So French Open officials walked in to Dominic Thiems press conference right in the middle of it and told him he had to leave so Serena could address le` media. The normally mellow Thiem went – Alors???? And reacted to the bigtime diss. Strongly. “I’m not a junior player anymore” he argued at the presser. Then left. Then had some more words to say after he stepped out.

“I don’t really get it, seriously,” Thiem continued. “I mean, what the hell? No, but it’s a joke, really…I have to leave the room because she’s coming? I leave also then. I’m not standing around. I can also do what I want.” This impolite action by the organisers contributes to another French Open controversy.

Hopefully, Thiem continues to be a pro and doesn’t let it get to him – he is the #4 ranked player in the world and a threat to any of the now Big 3 on clay. I’d like to say I hope he wins it and ditches the award ceremony as payback – but I: (1) Don’t want him to beat Novak, (2) Think Dominic is a bigger guy than that and not fat, PC-appeased, entitled prima donna., (3) They would fine his butt hugely for walking off the awards ceremony.

I say he plays on, treats it as laughable French poor judgment, waits for his check to clear, and bashes the French at his Wimbledon media greet and meet.

I think Novak is too focused to go for yucks at the moment, but maybe he’ll show up at a Thiem press conference in Canada or Cincinnati asking Dom to leave as he doesn’t feel like waiting until Thiem is finished.

Wog Boy Says:

Thanks for the info CF1.

And some people want to call her “greatest”, the only greatest things she has in WTA history is her ego and her bum, disgusting behaviour, just disgusting, time and time again.

She might have more GS titles than Martina or Steffi but they are tennis players and human beings that Serena will never be.

Wog Boy Says:

I only wish it was Kyrgios and not Thiem asked to vacate press room, his reaction would be priceless.

j-kath Says:

Re. the Serena vs Sofia match. I loved Sofia, her strut, her determination…..but it was clear I was in the minority. But hey folks, most players are over-awed by Serena and it often affects their performances – so why not ensure that you don’t allow this to happen. GO, SOFIA – STRUT AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE.

RZ Says:

The way the French Federation treated Thiem with that press conference was ridiculous. Apparently Serena didn’t want him to be booted from the room he was in but they did so anyway.

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