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Osaka flirts with early exit as top players struggle at French Open

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Published on May 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:39s

Osaka flirts with early exit as top players struggle at French Open

Osaka and a number of top players struggle to book their spots in the second round of the French Open.

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Osaka flirts with early exit as top players struggle at French Open

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 28, 2019) (FFT - SEE RESTRICTIONS) NAOMI OSAKA V ANNA KAROLINA SCHMIEDLOVA 1.

SET POINT - SCHMIEDLOVA SERVES AND OSAKA IS UNABLE TO RETURN, LOSING FIRST SET 6-0 2.

MATCH POINT - SCHMIEDLOVA SERVES, OSAKA RETURNS WITH A BACKHAND AND SCHMIEDLOVA GOES WIDE AND OUT SIMONA HALEP V AJLA TOMLJANOVIC 3.

TOMLJANOVIC SERVES, AN EXCELLENT RALLY ENDS WHEN HALEP SLIDES ACROSS THE CLAY CLOSE TO RETURN NEAR THE NET, TOMLJANOVIC SCRAMBLES AND MANAGES TO RETURN IT, ONLY FOR HALEP TO SWAT IT DOWN WITH A HIGH VOLLEY FOR THE POINT 4.

MATCH POINT - TOMLJANOVIC SERVES, ANOTHER GOOD RALLY ENDS WHEN TOMLJANOVIC GOES INTO THE NET ALEXANDER ZVEREV (BLACK SHIRT) V JOHN MILLMAN 5.

ZVEREV FOREHAND TO WIN RALLY IN WHICH HE FELL OVER 6.

MILLMAN HITS SERVICE RETURN LONG, ZVEREV WINS MATCH 7.

ZVEREV JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO V NICOLAS JARRY 8.

JARRY HITS SERVICE RETURN INTO NET, DEL POTRO WINS MATCH 9.

DEL POTRO JELENA OSTAPENKO (WHITE SKIRT) V VICTORIA AZARENKA 10.

OSTAPENKO HITS BALL INTO NET, AZARENKA WINS MATCH STORY: Naomi Osaka's quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title almost came to an abrupt end on Tuesday (May 28) as a number of top players struggled to book their spots in the second round of the French Open.

On a windy and chilly day at Roland Garros, world number one Osaka, who won the U.S. and the Australian Opens, lost the opening set to love against Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova before rallying back for a 0-6 7-6(4) 6-1 victory.

Defending champion Simona Halep, Osaka's potential semi-final opponent, lost her way in the second set against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in a 6-2 3-6 6-1 victory on a windswept Court Philippe Chatrier.

In the men's draw, German fifth seed Alexander Zverev was also pegged back during his match against Australian John Millman and needed five sets to progress after winning the first two.

Last year's semi-finalist Juan Martin Del Potro also huffed and puffed into round two with a four-set win against Nicolas Jarry of Chile.

Victoria Azarenka avoided the fate of fellow former world number ones Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, who were knocked out in the first round, when she beat 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.

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