Highlights: French Open day seven
|reuters.com 01 Jun 2019 at 12:23|
(Reuters) - Highlights of the seventh day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Saturday (all times GMT):
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 1, 2019. Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her third round match against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Serena Williams suffered a surprise 6-2 7-5 defeat by compatriot Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open.
Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam singles champion, has finished runner-up at two of the last three majors but has been unable to add to her tally since returning to the sport following the birth of her first child in 2017.
Kenin, 20, who reached the last 16 at Roland Garros for the first time, will now face Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty.
1700 DEL POTRO RACES INTO LAST-16
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro struck 38 winners and won the last seven games to beat Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-4 6-0 in a ruthless display.
Del Potro, seeded eighth, will meet Russian Karen Khachanov for a place in the quarter-finals.
Fourth seed Dominic Thiem struggled to control his groundstrokes in the second set but recovered well to beat Uruguayan veteran Pablo Cuevas 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5.
Thiem, who finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal last year, will next face Gael Monfils after he eased past fellow Frenchman
Antoine Hoang 6-3 6-2 6-3.
Men’s world number one Novak Djokovic eased past Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso 6-3 6-3 6-2 to book his 13th appearance in the French Open fourth round.
Women’s world number one Naomi Osaka was knocked out in the French Open third round by Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-2, ending her quest for a third successive Grand Slam crown.