French Open: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams knocked out after 3rd round losses

first_img Associated Press ParisJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 00:02 IST French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka suffered a shock straight-set defeat in the third round on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTop seed Osaka lost was stunned 6-4, 6-2 by Katerina SiniakovaThe loss ends Osaka’s run of 16 straight wins in Grand SlamsLater in the day, Serena Williams also suffered a shock defeatThis was one deficit too big to overcome for Naomi Osaka, whose Grand Slam winning streak is over.The No. 1-ranked Osaka couldn’t muster a comeback after falling way behind yet again at the French Open, losing 6-4, 6-2 in the third round to No. 42 Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic on Saturday.Also, later in the day Serena Williams also suffered a surprise 6-2 7-5 defeat by compatriot Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open.Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam singles champion, has finished runner-up at two of the last three majors but has been unable to add to her tally since returning to the sport following the birth of her first child in 2017.Kenin, 20, who reached the last 16 at Roland Garros for the first time, will now face Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty.”I just feel like there has been a weight on me, kind of,” said Osaka, who was seeded No. 1 at a major tournament for the first time.She had won her past 16 matches at majors, allowing her to lift the trophies at the U.S. Open last September and Australian Open in January. That run also included two victories at Roland Garros after trailing by a set and a break each time.”I could see,” Siniakova said, “that she’s not so confident like she was.”First win over a World No.1. First time into the R16 at a Slam. @K_Siniakova | #RG19 pic.twitter.com/vgAnzJ2x5eRoland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 1, 2019Osaka tired and was dealing with a headacheadvertisementBut Osaka said Saturday that she felt tired and was dealing with a headache.Her mounting mistakes just kept accumulating against Siniakova, who never had reached the fourth round in singles in 18 previous Slam appearances. She is better known for her doubles success, winning championships at the French Open and Wimbledon last year and topping the rankings.She is the first woman ranked No. 1 in doubles to defeat the singles No. 1 in more than 30 years, according to the WTA: The last occasion was when Martina Navratilova beat Steffi Graf at the 1987 U.S. Open.”I mean, it’s incredible. It’s amazing. It’s the thing I couldn’t believe,” said Siniakova, who will face 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys next. “It was my best tennis.”It decidedly was not Osaka’s, who quickly gathered her things and headed to the Court Suzanne Lenglen locker room when the lopsided match was finished.She wound up with a hard-to-believe 38 unforced errors; Siniakova made only 13.And Osaka, so good lately at the biggest moments on her sport’s biggest stages, wasn’t able to come up with the goods on the hottest day of the tournament so far, with the temperature topping 80 degrees (approaching 30 Celsius).One key statistic: Osaka compiled seven break points in the first set but failed to convert a single one. She was 0 for 4 on break chances when Siniakova served out that set, then never managed to earn one in the second.Clay has never been Osaka’s best surface. Her power game is served better by the speed of hard courts, in particular. That’s why she still has not made it to the round of 16 at the French Open.Was overthinking the Calendar Slam: OsakaThe first tennis player from Japan to be ranked No. 1 thought she was better suited to contend this time and spoke about eyeing a third consecutive major title – and moving halfway to a true Grand Slam.”It’s weird, but I think me losing is probably the best thing that could have happened. I think I was overthinking this calendar Slam. For me, this is something that I have wanted to do forever,” Osaka said.”But I think I have to think about it like: If it was that easy, everyone would have done it. I just have to keep training hard and put myself in a position again to do it, hopefully.”After going just 9-11 on clay over her career until this season, she was 9-1 in 2019 until Saturday’s setback.The loss ends Osaka’s run of 16 straight wins in Grand Slam tournaments, which included titles at the U.S. Open and Australian Open.Osaka’s exit, a day after No. 2 Karolina Pliskova lost, leaves defending champion Simona Halep, at No. 3, as the highest-seeded woman remaining. Halep needed only 55 minutes to get to the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 27 Lesia Tsurenko.Keys, a semifinalist in Paris a year ago, advanced by beating qualifier Anna Blinkova 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.Also Read | French Open: Djokovic eases into fourth round with straight-set winAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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UN agency condemns suicide attacks in Chad pledges continued support

“We are particularly concerned about the attack at the Kousseri site for internally displaced Chadians in Baga Sola that left at least 22 people dead in an area where UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies have been trying to help provide protection and assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes by the conflict with Boko Haram,” Leo Dobbs, UNHCR spokesperson said at the bi-weekly news briefing today in Geneva.According to local and UN security reports, the suicide bombers, including three women and two children attacked the market and the Kousseri site for internally displaced people (IDPs) on the outskirts of Baga Sola on Saturday afternoon. The attack in Baga Sola, the first on the town, came a day before female suicide bombers killed nine people in Kangaleri, northern Cameroon. The attacks left 47 people dead and dozens injured and those in critical condition were flown by helicopter to N’Djamena.Mr. Dobbs added that UNHCR along with other agencies works 10 kilometres from Baga Sola, in the Dar Es Salam refugee camp.“All our staff in the area and the 7,139 refugees from Nigeria and Niger in the camp are safe, but we have suspended travel to and within the Lake Chad region. UN flights are on standby to evacuate people or bring in emergency supplies,” said Mr. Dobbs.The UN agency welcomed the Government decision to improve security in the country following the attacks which revealed the vulnerability and isolation faced by refugees.The spokesperson went on to note the harsh conditions of the displaced people, with many facing shortage of food, shelter and medical attention. Their makeshift shelters, some made with flimsy mosquito nets, provide little protection against insects or the elements during the current rainy season.In recent weeks, UNHCR has been providing humanitarian assistance to over 60,000 internally displaced in the Lake area, including distributing vital non-food items to more than 32,800 people. Besides aid distributions, the agency is assisting the Government by transporting food items from the capital for the displaced in the lake area, including rice, oil and sugar.At present, Chad hosts over 438,000 refugees, including 350,000 Sudanese, 90,000 from Central African Republic and some 13,000 Nigerians.“Many of these people were relocated from their island homes earlier this year as Lake Chad effectively became a war zone. Other agencies including MSF, WFP, UNICEF and the Red Cross Movement are also responding to the humanitarian needs of IDPs,” added Mr. Dobbs.The agency reaffirmed its commitment to help the displaced in western Chad and urged the international community to support the country. read more