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Naomi Osaka escapes Victoria Azarenka at French Open

Naomi Osaka escapes Victoria Azarenka at French Open

The latest was a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 claw back over veteran Victoria Azarenka at Roland Garros on Thursday, advancing her to the third round and keeping the possibility of a third-straight major title alive.

Thiem, who reached last year's final, saved two set points in the fourth set before clinching it 7-5. "Sometimes I wonder why I go through them", she said after the Australian Open loss. Williams dropped her opening set but has lost a total of six games since.

No. 4 seed Dominic Thiem, last year's beaten finalist, labored to a 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5 victory over Alexander Bublik, while fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev continued his trip by overcoming Mikael Ymer 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Osaka earned the set by converting a backhand victor after Azarenka had saved three set points on her serve.

Third-seed Halep wasted three match points in the second set before clinching a ninth victory in a row at Roland Garros in two hours 11 minutes over her 87th-ranked opponent.

"I know that my game is there".

Scoring on 82% of her first serves, the 117th-ranked player levelled the match at 1-6, 6-4, before edging the deciding set 6-4 to set up a third round clash with Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

"Today I kind of felt like a challenger".

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Her ability to apply fixes during matches catapulted her to two Grand Slam titles and the World No. 1 ranking in less than a year.

"She's very powerful. She's very explosive", Azarenka said.

World number one Naomi Osaka survived another early scare to reach the third round of the French Open.

"I had to kind of try to take it away from her, and at times it was hard, especially when she broke me and when she got a few winners, which she's known for". Siniakova owns four career Top 10 wins, including over Simona Halep in the second round of Shenzhen in 2017 and Caroline Wozniacki in the 2017 Bastad final, but an upset of Osaka would be her first Top 3 win. Players like top seed Naomi Osaka also remain alive.

"I played as much as I need to play to win in straight sets", the 15-times Grand Slam champion said.

Serena Williams, meanwhile, put her nervy start behind her by thrashing Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2 to step up her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam.

Romanian third seed Halep looked in total control when 5-3 ahead in the second set, but saw three match points come and go as world No. 87 Linette leveled at 5-5 before breaking again to force a decider.

There was still some anxiety as Azarenka pulled back to 3-5 and had a point to close to within a game but Osaka kept her nerve to finish the job. But she wasn't able to escape an early hole, and needed vast talent and willpower to avoid getting blown off Court Suzanne-Lenglen in straight sets. 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.


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