Naomi Osaka eliminated from French Open as Iga Swiatek continues winning streak

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Monday 23 May 2022 13:00 BST

Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the French Open, suffering a first-round loss to Amanda Anisimova on her return to Roland Garros, while world number 1 Iga Swiatek extended her incredible winning streak to 29 matches.

Four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka, who pulled out of last year’s tournament due to mental health issues, was beaten in straight sets, 7-5 6-4, by 27th seed Anisimova.

The 20-year-old had also beaten Osaka in the third round of this year’s Australian Open and is a former French Open semi-finalist in 2019.

Osaka double faulted twice at the break point, once in each set. After the second, which gave Anisimova a 4-3 lead, Osaka took a 40-0 lead in the next game, but the American held her serve crucially.

Former world number 1 Osaka played with duct tape on her left Achilles tendon. She was stretching her and kicking her with her right foot when she was broken in the seventh game of the second set.

Shortly before last year’s tournament, Osaka announced that she would not be conducting her mandatory media assignments. And after winning her first match in straight sets and failing to hold a press conference, she was fined $15,000 and threatened with increasing fines and expulsion. The following day, she announced her withdrawal from the tournament.

Next up for Anisimova is world No. 100 Donna Vekic in the second round.

Swiatek puts in clinic to keep winning

World number 1 Iga Swiatek, the heavy favorite for the women’s title, has won 29 straight matches after knocking out Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.

The Polish top seed secured a 6-2 6-0 victory in 54 minutes under the roof of Court Philippe Chatrier.

Britain’s Dart suffers a painful first-round exit

Britain’s Harriet Dart narrowly avoided a dreaded double bagel for the second time at a Grand Slam losing 6-0 6-2 to Italy’s Martina Trevisan in the first round of the French Open.

The 25-year-old failed to win a match in a first-round loss to Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open in 2019.

Dart must have feared a repeat at 6-0 3-0, but she managed to get a few games on the board before her early exit from the tournament was finally confirmed.

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