French Open draw opens up for all-business Barty
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2019,
Jun 06, 2019, 0:45
After the losses of Serena and Naomi, 14 of the top 20 women in the sport failed to make it in the second week in the French Open. Following up those upsets with other victories two days later was entirely something else for Sofia Kenin and Katerina Siniakova.
Next up for Siniakova will be American Madison Keys, a 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victor over Russia's Anna Blinkova, with the victor of that contest to take on either Kenin or Barty in the quarterfinals. The Aussie has never advanced past the quarterfinal round in any Grand Slam.
But the 23-year-old had to show great character to follow in the footsteps of Wendy Turnbull (1979, 1980), Dianne Fromholtz (1979, 1980) and Fed Cup teammate Samantha Stosur (2009, 2010, 2012, 2016).
"She's a machine", said her doubles partner Andrea Petkovic. This feat made her the only player to reach the quarterfinals of this year's first two major titles.The Australian fired three aces in her first service game, before blasting consecutive forehand in the second game.
Defending champion Simona Halep is the highest seed remaining in the women's draw.
Swiatek won't be the only 18-year-old in the final 16.
Kei Nishikori completed a five-set win over two days to reach the French Open quarterfinals.
Argentine world No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro, meanwhile, routed Australia's Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 to set up a fourth-round clash against Russia's Karen Khachanov, who brushed aside Slovak Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
"It (playing cricket) was incredible, it made me more hungry to come back and have success in tennis". "I have some time on my hands, so maybe I'll jump in and get a wild card on one of these grass-court events and see what happens".
"For me it's easy not to look ahead", Barty said.
"It's just been a really gruelling season".
This is only her fourth Grand Slam appearance - she reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.
- Dubbed by some as the "battle of big hair", Osaka hopes for a more comfortable outing against number 42 Siniakova, the world's top ranked doubles player who is in the last 32 in Paris for the third time. "But I can't turn time".
"I'm definitely feeling short on matches, and just getting in the swing of things".
"Everyone", Siniakova said, "expects you now to beat everyone".
For the first time since 2014, Serena Williams trotted off the court, or in this case clay, while suffering a defeat during a major tournament's first week at the French Open in Paris.
The 20-year-old Kenin, who was born in Russian Federation, has now won 11 of her last 13 against American foes on tour.
Osaka was beaten 6-4 6-2 by Katerina Siniakova as her quest to win a third grand slam in succession came to an end, while Williams fell to fellow American representative Sofia Kenin 6-2 7-5.