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Tennis-Osaka begins Roland Garros campaign with straight sets win

Tennis-Osaka begins Roland Garros campaign with straight sets win

30/5/2021 2:48:00 PM

Tennis- Osaka begins Roland Garros campaign with straight sets win

PARIS: World number two Naomi Osaka began her French Open campaign with a 6-4 7-6(4) win over Romania n Patricia Maria Tig on the opening day ...

30 May 2021 07:25PMShare this contentBookmarkPARIS: World number two Naomi Osaka began her French Open campaign with a 6-4 7-6(4) win over Romanian Patricia Maria Tig on the opening day of the claycourt Grand Slam on Sunday.The Japanese four-time major winner divided opinion ahead of the tournament with her decision to boycott press conferences citing mental health, but the debate made no impact on her performance on a sun-bathed Philippe Chatrier court.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 23-year-old Osaka proved too powerful for the 63rd-ranked Tig and stamped her authority on the match early with a 5-2 lead but needed a second break of serve after the Romanian staged a fightback late on.Tig saved a breakpoint and a matchpoint to take the second set into a tiebreaker before Osaka sealed it with a backhand winner to set up a second round meeting with another Romanian in Ana Bogdan, who beat Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-1 6-3.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Read more: CNA »

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