Sport2019 French Open women’s draw
Wozniacki goes from perfect in 1st set to French Open loss
Caroline Wozniacki went from playing a perfect set to start her French Open campaign to quickly fading away against an opponent who had never previously won a Grand Slam match. In a performance emblematic of a difficult season, former No. 1 Wozniacki lost in the first round at Roland Garros 0-6 6-3 6-3 to 68th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova of Russia. "Definitely wasn't the best match I've ever played," said the 13th-seeded Wozniacki, who had only 15 winners to Kudermetova's 40. The way-up-then-way-down showing by Wozniacki stretched her losing streak to four matches and dropped her 2019 record to 9-8.
Serena Williams is ranked and seeded 10th at the French Open, where she will again go for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Williams, one shy of Margaret Court‘s record, could play top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinals in a rematch of their U.S. Open final, memorable for Williams’ spat with the chair umpire.
Williams made her Grand Slam return from childbirth in Paris last year, reaching the fourth round before withdrawing minutes before a match with Maria Sharapova due to a pectoral injury. The three-time French Open winner also withdrew from her last three tournaments with health problems, citing a left knee injury at the last two.
Serena crushes Nara to reach French Open third round
Serena Williams put her nervy start to the French Open behind her by thrashing Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara on Thursday to step up her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Osaka is the top seed after winning the last two Grand Slams — the U.S. Open and Australian Open. The favorite may be defending champion Simona Halep, the Romanian third seed, but parity manifested in 18 different women winning the first 18 tournaments of 2019.
Osaka could face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the second round.
Sharapova, a two-time winner at Roland Garros, withdrew last week with a shoulder injury.
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