French Open: Naomi Osaka eases into round two; Angelique Kerber fails again

Naomi Osaka has eased into the second round of the French Open, but three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber crashed out.

Osaka faced Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig in the first round, and rarely looked troubled en-route to a 6-4, 7-6 success.

The reigning US Open and Australian Open champion said before the tournament that she would not be doing press conferences, although she did speak to the fans on-court after the match.

“For me, playing on clay is a work in progress,” Osaka said. “Hopefully the more I play, the better I will become.

“It’s a beautiful court. I’ve only played two matches here, one before the roof and one now so hopefully I’ll keep it going.”

Kerber, meanwhile, fell at the first hurdle as she meekly lost 6-2, 6-4 to Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina.

The French Open is the only title Kerber needs to complete the career slam, but she looks no closer to achieving that than she ever has after another disappointing failure.

“She started well and had nothing to lose, while it took me too long to get into the contest,” Kerber, who has now lost in the first round five times in the last six years, said.

“I will try to learn from the match now because I played good the last few weeks and I had good matches.

“I did the best preparation I could do in the last few weeks on clay, but yeah, it’s fine, and now I’m looking forward to Wimbledon for the grass court season, and it sounds much better for me, so I’m happy that the next Grand Slam is on grass.”

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