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Osaka, Krejcikova, knocked out in Paris

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has crashed out of the French Open with a 7-5 6-4 first-round loss to American Amanda Anisimova, a year after her dramatic withdrawal from the clay court grand slam tournament amid mental health issues.

Also departing early was defending champion Barbora Krejcikova, beaten by 97th-ranked Diane Parry.

But world No.1 Iga Swiatek has made it to the second round.

Up against 27th seed Anisimova early on day two, four-time grand slam champion Osaka never looked comfortable on her least favourite surface as she struggled to control her powerful game.

Anisimova, the 20-year-old who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2019, also beat Osaka in the third round at the Australian Open in January.

A double fault by Osaka in the 11th game allowed the American to move 6-5 up and she held serve to love to take the set.

Anisimova broke decisively for 4-3 in the second set as Osaka again double faulted on game point. Anisimova finished it off in one hour 30 minutes with a stunning backhand winner down the line.

Krejcikova, playing her first match since Doha in February after struggling with an elbow injury, had 45 unforced errors in her match against Parry under the closed roof of Court Philippe Chatrier.

The Frenchwoman defeated the second-seeded Czech 1-6 6-2 6-3.

Previously on the same court top-seeded Swiatek extended her winning streak to 29 matches by advancing to the second round in Paris.

The Polish player, who won the French Open title in 2020, beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-0 in 54 minutes to begin her campaign.

Swiatek’s winning streak is the longest by any woman since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013.

She has won the title at her past five tournaments and has also won a tour-leading 14 sets by 6-0 this season.

With AP.

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