Serena Williams And Naomi Osaka Eliminated From The French Open
Unfortunately, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are no longer contenders in the French Open. Williams and Osaka were both eliminated on the same day hours apart (June 1) according to the NY Daily News.
Williams lost to unranked player Sofia Kenin in the third round. This loss led to her earliest elimination from the French Open since her loss back in 2014. She seemed to be going strong until she had 34 unforced errors.
Williams is one of the most exceptional players in tennis, but her injuries have been plaguing her all year. The 37-year-old has been battling a knee injury, causing her to pull out of three different tournaments this year. In May, Williams withdrew from the Italian Open the day before she was going to play against her sister, Venus Williams, due to knee pain. This knee injury also led her to pull out of the Miami Open in March. Williams also injured her ankle during the Australian Open in January and ended up losing the match.
Similar to the match she lost at the U.S Open against Naomi Osaka, Williams lost the French Open to a player who grew up admiring her.
“I have so much respect for Serena. She’s done so much for tennis, for American tennis,” Kenin told ESPN. “I watched her so much growing up, along with [Maria] Sharapova and other players, of course. It’s just crazy, I would have never guessed that in a few years I’d be playing Serena Williams in the third round at Roland Garros. I would have been jumping off the couch back then.”
Osaka took a loss a few hours before her idol, losing a match against Katerina Siniakova. This loss ended her 16-game winning streak, which included her win against Williams earlier this year. Osaka surprisingly had 38 unforced errors as well.