Barty too hot for Kenin as Aussie's French Open run continues

Barty too hot for Kenin as Aussie's French Open run continues

In other third-round women's singles action on Saturday, Romanian world No. 3 and defending French Open champion Simona Halep strolled past Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-1 to set up a fourth-round match against Polish teenage sensation Iga Swiatek, who rallied from a terrible start to defeat Puerto Rico's Monica Puig 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.

"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.

Barty battles Keys in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Roland-Garros. With 23, Williams stands one away from Margaret Court's mark for the most in tennis history; Court played in both the professional and amateur eras.

Williams, though, is no longer at the stage of her career, or perhaps an age, where she can get by purely on her considerable will or muscle memory or champion's aura.

Williams came to Paris having played only four matches since then; she withdrew from two tournaments because of an injured left knee and from another because of illness.

"I didn't really care", Kenin said after her upset win, according to Eurosport's Tumaini Carayol. Siniakova clinched the set when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set.

A lot of the times during the year obviously we stay at official hotels and they can be a bit like a player lounge, which can be a bit exhausting.

Remarkably, Kenin broke Williams four times, while only ceding one of her own service games.

"I didn't care. I was, like, I'm going to check the mark", Kenin said of the negative response to her legitimate actions.

"Serena is such a tough opponent. I am so happy my dad (Alexander) is there in the box".

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And she only needed one as Osaka hit another forehand past the baseline. No. 8 Ashleigh Barty awaits.

Barty and Keys have clashed twice previously, with honours split.

It was a case of what might have been for Osaka, who failed to convert seven break points against her rival.

Defeat ends the chances of the only player who could have completed a Grand Slam in 2019 but Osaka displayed a rare moment of positivity heading into the grass-court season.

After coming from behind in her first two matches at Roland Garros, Osaka once more painted herself into a corner on the red clay.

But Osaka said Saturday that she felt exhausted and was dealing with a headache.

American 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova reached the fourth round for the second straight Grand Slam tournament with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 victory over Romanian Irina Camelia Begu. The young Czech doubles champion tore through Osaka 6-4, 6-2 for the biggest win of her career.

Williams came from a set and a break down to beat Barty in the second round in Paris past year but the Australian wasn't fussed about the rematch falling through.

"I mean, it's incredible". Keys beat Barty in the round of 128 at the 2017 French Open. "It was my best tennis". Suffice to say, I think Barty moves on, but I don't see much value in the line. "All I know is, she was not ready and it was obvious, I think. For me, this is something that I have wanted to do forever".