Pliskova Upset By Martic At French Open; Serena, Halep, Osaka Saturday

Japan's Naomi Osaka serves against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris Thursday

The top-seeded Osaka kept alive her hopes of winning her third straight Grand Slam tournament, when she narrowly escaped a scare to beat the former world No. 1 Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a match lasting almost three hours at Roland Garros.

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic also advanced, with far easier straight-set wins.

Azarenka, a mom who is eight years older than Osaka, was up a break in the second set, then failed to convert a break point to serve for the match before Osaka battled back.

"I think this was the most nervous I have ever been my entire life during a match", said 21-year-old Osaka.

Azarenka, who disposed of 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in round one, found herself pegged back to 5-4 as Osaka upped the power and depth in her groundstrokes but she held firm to take the opening set.

Teenager Amanda Anisimova scored a second major victory over Sabalenka, who she also beat at the Australian Open, in impressive fashion, triumphing 6-4 6-2 in just 75 minutes to become the youngest American woman in round three at Roland Garros since Williams in 1998.

Osaka noticeably changed her strategy in the deciding set. "She kind of killed me in the first set".

Djokovic dropped only three points on serve in the opening set against Laaksonen - the lesser-known Swiss in the draw after Federer and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.

Elsewhere in Saturday's play, 14th seed Madison Keys went a set up against Anna Blinkova to lose the second in the tie-breaker 7-5.

After an 85-minute set, Azarenka stretched a bathroom break to 10 minutes before squandering three break points in the first game of the decider.

"When I went to the bathroom to change, I was freaking out, because I didn't want to get a code violation", explained Osaka.

In the stands, her mom, Tamaki, took deep breaths to calm her nerves, and her worries were soon dissipated on match point when Osaka placed a serve down the T, forcing her opponent's shot to trail long.

No.1 seed Naomi Osaka has played Katerina Siniakova once before, in the first round of Doha a year ago.

Halep, who said afterward she felt a "little bit sick" and plans to "sleep all day tomorrow", was up a set and 5-3 in the second before dropping four games in a row and getting broken twice while serving for the match.

Serena Williams suffered a shock upset when she fell to Sofia Kenin, losing convincingly 6-2 7-5. On his next opponent Salvatore Caruso, Djokovic said: "I never trained with him either".

Austrian Dominic Thiem overcame a tough test to reach the third round with a 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 7-5 win over a defiant Kazakh Alexander Bublik.

Nara, a Japanese player and ranked No. 238, reached the main draw at Roland Garros via the qualifying tournament. He advanced to the third round after Kyle Edmund retired from their match with an injury to his left knee.

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