Williams headed to the press room with her own frustration after her third-round defeat to Sofia Kenin and she was keen to leave the premises as soon as possible, so she went directly to the press conference from the court. She went on to reach the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, before wasting match points during a quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open.
Sofia Kenin's 6-2, 7-5 win over Williams and Katerina Siniakova's 6-4, 6-2 victory over Osaka underscored the wide-open nature of women's tennis.
Her smooth, potent serve started to click and the 10th seed had the fans on Philippe Chatrier court behind her, especially as Kenin contested several line calls. "I don't think he's mad at Serena or anybody", said Federer.
Being told of the decision prompted a furious reaction from Thiem, who said: "I don't really get it, seriously". And she had not yet celebrated her first birthday when Serena won her first Grand Slam at the 1999 U.S. Open. Kenin, however, had risen in stature during 2019, winning her first WTA singles title in Hobart in January and peaking at a career-high ranking of No.33 in March. "I haven't played anyone like that in a while", she said, visibly disappointed.
"I mean, it's incredible".
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Osaka after all rallied from set and break deficits in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and second round against fellow grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka. "That's why I'm very much aware of what happened, and that's why we are laughing in the locker room about it now".
And she had a plan for beating him when she was only seven years old. "I knew I just had to show the crowd, like, listen, Sonya Kenin is in the house. I just have to keep training hard and put myself in a position again to do it, hopefully".
Kenin, who was born in Moscow but raised in Florida and idolizes Serena Williams, took advantage of sloppy play from Serena to break the 23-time grand slam victor twice and close out the first set 6-2. On Saturday, Halep prevailed against Lesia Tsurenko in around an hour 6-2 and 6-1 after three-setters in her opening two outings.
Tsitsipas vs. Wawrinka, and Zverev vs. Fognini will be fourth-round matchups.
The Swiss meets Greek fourth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in an eagerly anticipated battle of one-handed backhands Sunday.