Iga Swiatek wins in suspense against Naomi Osaka at Roland Garros

The queen of clay Iga Swiatek was hot, but she won 7-6 (7/1), 1-6 and 7-5 against Naomi Osaka in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday.

Osaka even offered herself a match point when she was serving at 5-4 in the decisive set, but Swiatek made a powerful return of serve to stifle the threat. A break later, she regained the upper hand for good.

This match was very intense. Much more intense than I expected for a second round duel. I will be ready for the next round, Swiatek said. Naomi is playing great tennis…I’m glad she’s back, and she’s playing well.

She responded to the numerous attacks of her opponent, whose powerful blows were reminiscent of the time when she won four grand slam tournaments. But Osaka also cracked when the stakes were greatest.

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Naomi Osaka, 134th in the WTA rankings.

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While she had to defend a break point at 5-5, the Japanese sent her second serve out of court.

The 22-year-old Pole only had to complete the work on her serve. A direct error from Osaka ended the debate after 2 hours 57 minutes of suspense.

Swiatek is the reigning French Open champion. At her best on clay, she has won 16 of her 17 matches on this surface this season, dropping only five sets in the process. She was crowned in Madrid and Rome in recent weeks to consolidate her 1st rank at the WTA.

In the third round, Swiatek will face the winner of the match between Croatian Jana Fett and Czech Marie Bouzkova.

For her part, the Tunisian Ons Jabeur struggled against the Colombian Camila Osorio, but ultimately won 6-3, 1-6 and 6-3.

A triple finalist in grand slam competitions, in search of a first coronation, Jabeur had her best run at Roland Garros last year when she reached the quarters.

I really hope to play better in the next matchshe declared, before leaving the court, encouraged by the public who brandished several Tunisian flags.

Rain keeps Canadians waiting

Rain disrupted the match schedule again on Wednesday. All supposed to play at the start of the day, Canadians Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and Leylah Annie Fernandez will each ultimately have to finish their second round duel on Thursday.

The organization announced around 5:15 p.m. local time (11:15 a.m. EDT), that no match on the outdoor fields could be completed on Wednesday.

Fernandez had started her duel against the Chinese Wang Xiyu before the interruption. She led 5-3 and was serving for the first set when we had to shelter the clay on court no. 8.

Auger-Aliassime is due to face German Henri Squire, while Shapovalov has a meeting with American and 25th seed Frances Tiafoe.

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No matches had been completed on the outdoor courts before rain forced a halt to action at Roland Garros on Wednesday.

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At the start of the day on the Philippe-Chatrier central court, one of only two equipped with a retractable roof, Sofia Kenin showed the exit door to the French favorite Caroline Garcia after two identical sets of 6-3. Ranked 56th in the WTAthe American qualified for the final in 2020.

Garcia, 23rd in the world, is still looking for a first win against Kenin after three defeats. There are only three French women left in the main draw: Chloé Paquet, Diane Parry and Varvara Gracheva, surprise winner of Maria Sakkari in the first round.

The second match to end favored the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, winner in four sets of 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (7/2) and 6-4 against the German Daniel Altmaier in 2 hours 43 minutes. min of play.

Finalist in 2021, now 9th in theATPTsitsipas will face the winner of the duel between the Italian Lorenzo Sonego and the Chinese Zhizhen Zhang in the next stage.

Alcaraz wins in four rounds

The prodigy Carlos Alcaraz, 3rd in theATP, then defeated the Dutchman Jesper de Jong in four sets of 6-3, 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2.

Under the roof of the central court, Alcaraz, right arm still enclosed in a protective sleeve, needed a little over three hours to overcome his opponent.

Although de Jong gave him a hard time from the start, the young Spaniard managed to keep control of the match for the first two rounds.

But a brutal air gap cost him the third round, in which he accumulated 15 unforced errors against only 6 winning points.

The fourth round began with the same dynamic: twice, the protégé of Juan Carlos Ferrero was behind by a break, but he immediately made up for it each time.

Absent because of his painful forearm in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, ​​then in Rome after an elimination in the quarter-finals in Madrid, Alcaraz arrived in Paris with only three victories during the European tour on ocher.

In the first round on Sunday, he had a walk in the park, without suffering from his right arm, with a 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1 victory over the American JJ Wolf, drafted in qualifying.

For a place in the round of 16, the double grand slam winner and former world No. 1 will face the American Sebastian Korda or the South Korean Kwon Soon-woo.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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