Osaka crashes out of Roland Garros, ending bid for third successive Slam

Having flirted with disaster in her opening two matches, Osaka told reporters that, "This tournament, I have had a feeling that was different to every other grand slam that I have played, because usually I find it very freeing and fun".

Naomi Osaka's pursuit of a third successive Grand Slam has ended in the third round of the French Open on Saturday as the 21-year-old was surprisingly eliminated in straight sets by unseeded Czech Katerina Siniakova.

Breaking serve at 4-4, Siniakova clinched the first set in 44 minutes on her second set point as Osaka dumped a forehand into the net.

Only four of the women's top 10 seeds are left in the tournament among them are three-time victor Serena Williams and defending champion Simona Halep.

Osaka's luck ran out in Paris as she committed 38 unforced errors in something of a blowout.

"It's wonderful, I can't believe it, I am so happy now", said Siniakova, who was the women's doubles champion in Paris in 2018 alongside Barbora Krejcikova.

Siniakova made her pay, breaking for 5-4 and taking the opener when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set.

The first tennis player from Japan to be ranked No. 1 thought she was better suited to contend this time and spoke about eyeing a third consecutive major title - and moving halfway to a true Grand Slam.

The Japanese was playing in her first tournament as number one seed following wins in the US Open in September and the Australian Open in January, and speaking afterwards she said that she sees the loss as being necessary at this point in her career. Siniakova earned a third, however, and this time Osaka went wide.

It decidedly was not Osaka's, who quickly gathered her things and headed to the Court Suzanne Lenglen locker room when the lopsided match was finished.

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