American Amanda Anisimova knocked out four-time main champion Naomi Osaka in one of many marquee French Open first-round matches.
Anisimova, the twenty seventh seed, prevailed 7-5, 6-4 in a rematch of a good Australian Open third spherical gained by the American.
Osaka struggled along with her serve — eight double faults, first-serve share of 45 — and had 29 unforced errors to 13 winners.
Osaka was unseeded after taking two breaks from the game final yr, together with withdrawing from the French Open earlier than her second-round match.
Back then, she introduced that she suffered “long bouts of depression,” at some point after tennis’ Grand Slams threatened disqualification or suspension if she continued to skip press conferences, as she had introduced earlier than the occasion, citing psychological well being.
“For the most part I think I’m OK,” Osaka stated final week after deciding to do a pre-tournament press convention. “When I first came here, I was very worried. … I was worried that there were people that I offended some way and I would just kind of bump into them. But I think everyone has been really positive, for the most part.”
She entered Roland Garros with an absence of match prep on clay, together with withdrawing from her final match with an Achilles damage.
“There is no way I’m not going to play this tournament,” she stated final week. “Of course you kind of have to manage things, but at the same time, I’m going to pop a few painkillers, it is what it is.
“There is a limited amount of years that I could play tennis, so I have to make the best out of it.”
The two-time U.S. Open and two-time Australian Open champion’s finest end result on the French was making the third spherical in 2016, 2018 and 2019. She has by no means crushed a participant on clay ranked as excessive as Anisimova.
“It’s been a really great time,” this clay-court season, Osaka stated final week. “I honestly defended all of the points that I had to [from 2021], so I’m good.”
Anisimova, who broke by way of in 2019 to make the French Open semifinals at age 17, is at her highest rating since September 2020.
She will get former top-20 participant Donna Vekic of Croatia within the second spherical with No. 4 Maria Sakkari of Greece probably ready within the third.
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