France’s Diane Barry sacks defending champion Barbora Krejkova in Paris

PARIS – Barbora Krezhikova arrives at Roland Garros as the singles and doubles champion. She was also returning from a three-month absence from the tour with a right elbow injury, so her own expectations were somewhat mediocre.

The Czechs were right to be concerned. On Monday, she became the third player in the Professional Era to be eliminated from the first round at Roland Garros, a year after winning the title.

Second seed Kryzhikova got off to a great start, before everything collapsed to lose 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Diane Barry, the 19-year-old Frenchwoman who is ranked 97th in the world. And who started the day with a 1-5 Grand Slam best.

Barry received an enthusiastic support from the spectators who supported her at the Philippe Chatrier Stadium, where the noise reverberated under the retractable roof due to the rain.

“It is a dream for me. It has always been a dream to play in this stadium, with the French fans supporting me. Barry admitted that they definitely pushed me to win today. I am the happiest person now.”

This was Krizhikova’s first match since February, and it came out.

The only players to lose this year after winning the Roland Garros title are Anastasia Myskina in 2005 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2018.

Since the beginning of the professional era in 1968, Kryzhikova is the seventh women’s reigning champion to be eliminated in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament.

Against Barry, Krejcikova double missed on the first point of the match and then looked ready to show her best tennis. Krizhikova benefited from 15 straight points as she led 4-0.

“It’s never easy to start on this kind of ground against a champion,” Barry added. You can be a little nervous, like in the first round. But then I was able to relax.”

After Krejcikova got her hands on the first set, things turned as Parry played with more confidence.

Krizhikova’s mistakes doubled: in the end, she made 45 unforced errors, 19 in the third set alone. Barry finished the match with 26 total.

Swiatek continues his line

Earlier in the day, favorite Iga Swiatek showcased her 29th straight win and advanced to the second round. And ended the return of Japanese Naomi Osaka to the Paris Championship.

Swiatek, who won this tournament in 2020, beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-0 at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Swiatek’s winning streak is the longest on the women’s side since Serena Williams won 34 consecutive titles in 2013. She has won the title in her last five tournaments.

She has also won 14, 6-0 runs in the league this season.

Former world number one Osaka lost to Amanda Anisimova 7-6, 6-4.

The four-time Grand Slam champion had twice stopped playing tennis due to her mental health last season. The first came when she withdrew from Roland Garros before the second round match.

The 20-year-old American Anisimova reached the semi-finals of the 2019 French Open and also beat Osaka in the third round of the Australian Open in January.

Osaka missed twice by breaking one point in each set. After the second, which gave Anisimova a 4-3 lead, Osaka led 40-0 in the next game, but the American fell behind.

“It was difficult to play against her in the first round, especially in these difficult conditions. It is very good to be back here, I had a great time in 2019.”Anisimova commented in the interview in court after the match before concluding with “Thank you Paris in French.

Osaka performed with an Achilles tendon bandage and was clearly affected by the injury.

In another match on Monday, 19-year-old Chinese Chenwen Zheng, ranked 74th in the world, beat Belgian Marina Zaniewska 6-3, 6-1.

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