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Tennis: Osaka advances, Karolina Pliskova hit out of French Open.

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World number one Naomi Osaka survived another premature scare to reach the third round of the French Open.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, overpowered a poor start to beat two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3.

Osaka is racing her third successive Grand Slam title having won the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.

She will play the Czech Republic’s KaterinaSiniakova in the next round after she beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

Osaka Naomi said “I was lucky enough to play her (Azarenka) twice before this and I knew she was playing really well,” “It was unfortunate that this was a second-round match but I am happy I won.”

Asked if she is as calm on the inside as she looks on court, she added, “No. I choked on this side (at 5-1) and almost choked on the other side (at 5-3). I am very emotional.”

While also on Friday Karolina Pliskova Second seed was knocked out of the French Open after a 6-3, 6-3 defeat by Croatia’s Petra Martic.

The Czech tennis player Pliskova shaped an error-strewn display against the 31st seed, who will face either Russian Veronika Kudermetova or Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi for a place in the quarter-finals.

Karolina Pliskova defeat means Naomi Osaka will keep the world number one spot after Roland Garros.

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