Naomi Osaka overcomes 35 unforced errors to advance at Roland Garros –

Naomi Osaka overcomes 35 unforced errors to advance at Roland Garros – fr

Naomi Osaka overcame a series of mistakes to win on her return to Roland Garros, then did something no one knew if she would: she spoke briefly to the crowd.
The Osaka No.2 said she will not be attending press conferences at Roland Garros and has not held a pre-tournament media session.

After beating Patricia Maria Tig 6-4, 7-6 (4) despite 35 unforced errors at Court Philippe Chatrier, Osaka spoke into a microphone and briefly exchanged pleasantries with Fabrice Santoro, a former professional tennis player who leads Roland Garros post-match talks so fans can hear something from the athletes.

Osaka has won four Grand Slam titles, all on hard courts, including the Australian Open in February.

She never made it past the third round at Roland Garros and skipped the major clay court tournament last year shortly after winning the US Open.

As for her clay court play, she told the sparse crowd in the tournament’s opener at her main stadium this year: “I would say it’s a work in progress. I hope the more I play, the more I get better. “

Another Grand Slam champion did not do so well on Sunday morning.

Former n ° 1 Angelique Kerber has already left Roland Garros with a third consecutive defeat in the first round.

The 26th seed Kerber was beaten 6-2, 6-4 to Anhelina Kalinina, a Ukrainian qualifier ranked 139th on her tournament debut.

Three-time Grand Slam champion, Roland Garros is the only major tournament Kerber hasn’t won, and she’s often struggled on her red clay.

Her loss on Court 14 on opening Sunday was the eighth time in 14 appearances in Paris that she has come out in the first round.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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