Serena Williams ambushed by Sofia Kenin at French Open

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It was the second significant surprise in a matter of hours: Earlier in the day, No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka was eliminated 6-4, 6-2 by 42nd-ranked Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

Williams thought about not playing Paris at all, as she has been dealing with a knee injury, but made a decision to play,"it's been a really grueling season for me".

Illness, but more prominently of late, a knee injury have kept the victor of 23 majors on the sidelines.

Instead, Barty will play world number 35 Sofia Kenin after the 20-year-old fearlessly blasted compatriot Williams off the court. And when Williams recovered from a set and break down to lead her 35th-ranked rival 5-4 in the second set, few would have bet against her.

Kenin was born in Russian Federation, but moved to the United States shortly after she was born.

Williams had one more chance but sent a forehand wide on break point. Then she faced two break points in the ninth game and cancelled then.

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And so Osaka, for the third match in succession, found herself needing to win two sets in a row.

"[If someone had told me I'd come this far] I would have thought they were lying, because I wouldn't expect to have gotten only to the third round", she said.

Still, Osaka said she is leaving Paris with a positive mindset.

Still, her level of disappointment at exiting was off the charts.

Siniakova, 23, has two career singles titles as well as two Grand Slam doubles crowns, including Roland Garros in 2018 alongside Barbora Krejcikova.

Swiatek won't be the only 18-year-old in the final 16.

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I like Keys to make her fifth career grand slam semifinal. "I think it's great we moved to America for a better life for me". "I just thought the second set would be different". And she had said she considered not entering the French Open at all.

"I mean, I think it's obvious that it went big after long time now, since Australian Open".

Still only 17, and ranked 51st, the precocious American with the quick-strike strokes and self-described "effortless shots" became the first player born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal, overwhelming Aliona Bolsova of Spain 6-3, 6-0 at Roland Garros on Monday and earning the right to face defending champion Simona Halep next.

It felt like her victory over Azarenka could spark a glittering run but it wasn't to be.

Osaka had won her past 16 matches at major tournaments, allowing her to lift the trophies at the U.S. Open last September and Australian Open in January.

Osaka, 21, lost 6-4 6-2 to the world number 42 in their third-round match. Halep won 6-2, 6-1 over No. 27 Lesia Tsurenko.

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He regained his composure in the deciding set to record a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2 victory. She took out Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (6), 6-4. Nine of those 16 matches went three sets. Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Juan Martin del Potro also made into the next round. In the fourth round, he will face Wawrinka, who defeated Bulgaria's Gregor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8).

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