Weight off Osaka's shoulders after French Open exit

Weight off Osaka's shoulders after French Open exit

"She's a machine", said her doubles partner Andrea Petkovic.

Top seed Osaka was two points away from defeat in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and came back from a set and break down to see off Victoria Azarenka in round two.

"(Kenin) is an incredible competitor, she really is", Barty, who is now poised to enter the world's top five, said of the 20-year-old. The American showed that she is a real business minded person.

Naomi Osaka (JPN) in action during her match against Katerina Siniakova (CZE) on day seven of the 2019 French Open at Stade Roland Garros.

Barty, an Australian who interrupted her tennis career for almost two years after the 2014 U.S. Open to play cricket, is really thriving now. "She knew she had little chance of winning this year's French Open".

Now she will take on 27-year-old Halep, the No. 3 seed, who dispatched another teenager, Iga Swiatek of Poland, by a 6-1, 6-0 score Monday.

Admitting she was still "pretty far away" from hitting her stride, the 23-time Grand Slam victor, who usually does not play in events ahead of the grass-court climax, said: "I'm definitely feeling short on matches, and just getting in the swing of things".

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A series of unforced errors enabled Siniakova, ranked 42nd in singles, to seize control and Osaka cut a disconsolate figure as she slumped to defeat before making a hasty departure from the court. On her second serve, Williams won a mere nine of 23 points. "For me this is something that I have wanted to do forever, but I think I have to think about it like: If it was that easy, everyone would have done it".

"I just feel like there has been a weight on me", Osaka told reporters after the Czech ended a 16-match win streak in the grand slams. The fourth women's match Monday features defending champion Simona Halep - the only major title victor remaining on this half of the draw - against 18-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland, who is ranked 104th.

Barty, who also made the last eight at the Australian Open earlier this year, won 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on Court Philippe Chatrier to set up a tie with 14th-seeded American Madison Keys.

"I play my best when it's very simple, I'm thinking clearly", she said.

"I had some matches on the biggest courts here in doubles", Siniakova said. The British player said: "I think that's been the growing mood for quite some time now, I think for the last few years". "I know just what to do".

The 51st-ranked Anisimova faces Spanish world number 137 Aliona Bolsova in the last 16, while Swiatek takes on defending champion Simona Halep, with an all-teenage quarter-final still possible. "But I can't turn time".

As usual, all eyes will be on Williams when play starts at the All England Club on July 1.

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