French Open highlights: Serena, Osaka crash out; Halep through

French Open live updates: On Day 7, we have Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep among others lined up in third round action.


Serena Williams crashed out in the third round of French Open 2019.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of Day 7 of the 2019 French Open.


- Sofia Kenin beat Serena Williams 6-2, 7-5

- Simona Halep beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-1

- Naomi Osaka lost to Kateřina Siniaková 4-6, 2-6

- Novak Djokovic beat Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

- Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 7-5

- Alexander Zverev beat Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2

- Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Filip Krajinović 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6)

- Stan Wawrinka beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8)


The round of 16 fixtures begin tomorrow and there are some exciting fixtures lined up.

Men's singles

Leonardo Mayer vs Roger Federer

Juan Londero vs Rafael Nadal

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Stan Wawrinka

Kei Nishikori vs Benoit Paire

Women's singles

Marketa Vondrousova vs Anastasija Sevastova

Donna Vekic vs Johanna Konta

Kaia Kanepi vs Petra Martic

Sloane Stephens vs Garbine Muguruza


So we've had two big upsets today. First, top seed Naomi Osaka lost her match to Katerina Siniakova, then an even bigger upset in the form of 23-time Major champion Serena Williams losing to 20-year-old Sofia Kenin.

Jan-Lennard strut his Struff yet again as he beat Borna Coric. The rest of the men's field didn't spring any surprises Djokovic, Thiem, Monfils, del Potro, Khachanov and Zverev, although in five sets, went though to the next round.

11:58pm: Qualiifer Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov has beaten Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.

11:56pm: Another American, Amanda Anisimova, is through to the fourth round, beating Irina Camila Begu 7-6, 6-4.

11:53pm: And she's out! Three-time champion Serena Williams has lost in straight sets to 20-year-old fellow-American Sofia Kenin.

10:53pm: Serena Williams loses the first set 6-2 to Sofia Kenin.

10:46pm: Serena Williams is down 2-5 to Sofia Kenin after just 30 minutes. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is moving very slowly on court.

10:39pm: Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, the 21-year-old qualifier, races through the opening set 6-2 against Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Kenin holds serve to consolidate her lead over Serena in the first set.

10:37pm: Karen Khachanov is through to the round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Martin Klizan.

10:33pm: Sofia Kenin breaks Serena Williams to go up 3-2 in the first set.

10:24pm: Eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro marches into the last 16 with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 win over Jordan Thompson.

10:22pm: Fourth seed Dominic Thiem beats Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the fourth round at Roland-Garros.

10:17pm: Serena Williams begins her match against Sofia Kenin on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

India's Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and his Australian partner Jessica Moore lose to sixth seeds Oliver Marach and Chan Hao-ching 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 in the mixed doubles.

9:58pm: Karen Khachanov wins the second set and leads Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4.

9:55pm: French 14th seed Gael Monfils beats compatriot Antonie Hoang 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the fourth round. Despite the loss, it's been an incredible week for Hoang, the world No. 146 who beat former No. 8 Fernando Verdasco on Thursday and had won just one ATP main-draw match before this week.

9:51pm: Juan Martin del Potro wins the second set to lead Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4.

9:35pm: Dominic Thiem wins the third set to lead Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

9:20pm: Gael Monfils, the highest seeded Frenchman at 14th, leads compatriot Antonie Hoang 6-3, 6-2.

On Court 1, Karen Khachanov, the 10th seed, is up 6-1 against Martin Klizan.

READ | Djokovic beats Caruso to ease into French Open fourth round

9:08pm: India's Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and his Australian partner Jessica Moore win the first set 7-5 against sixth seeds Oliver Marach and Chan Hao-ching in the mixed doubles.

On Court Simone-Matthieu, Juan Martin del Potro wins the first set 6-4 against Jordan Thompson.

9:06pm: Pablo Cuevas takes the second set 6-4 to level his match against Dominic Thiem.

8:52pm: Jan-Lennard Struff overcomes 13th seed Borna Coric in four hours and 22 minutes. The German world No. 45 wins 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 11-9 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.


8:36pm: Iga Swiatek, the 18-year-old Polish rising star, comes back from being bageled in the first set by Monica Puig to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.

This is Swiatek's first appearance in the fourth round of a Grand Slam. Swiatek, the 2018 junior Wimbledon singles, French Open doubles and Youth Olympics doubles champion, made the second round of the Australian Open in her first Major tournament. She plays the reigning French Open champion, Simona Halep, next.

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8:23pm: On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, fourth seed Dominic Thiem wins the first set 6-3 against Pablo Cuevas.

8:20pm: Borna Coric, serving for the match at 7-6 in the fifth set, is broken to love by Jan-Lennard Struff.

7:58pm: Madison Keys beats Anna Blinkova 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to set up a match with Kateřina Siniaková, who beat Naomi Osaka.

7:47pm: Iga Świątek wins the second set 6-3 after being bageled by Monica Puig in the first.

7:30pm: Novak Djokovic is through to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Salvatore Caruso.

Talk about contrasting fortunes for the two world No. 1s.

READ | Naomi Osaka loses in third round, crashes out of French Open


The world No. 1 goes down to the 42nd-ranked Kateřina Siniaková 4-6, 2-6.

7:17pm: Anna Blinkova wins the second-set tiebreak 7-5 against 14th Madison Keys. It's a set apiece.

7:15pm: Struff win the fourth-set tiebreak 7-1 against Coric. We're into a decider.

7:12pm: Siniaková breaks Osaka to take a 6-4, 3-2 lead.

6:59pm: Djokovic takes a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 lead over Salvatore Caruso.

What contrasting performances from the two world No. 1s.. Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion, is yet to drop a set so far. Osaka, the reigning US Open and Wimbledon champion, is yet to win a match in two sets.

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6:55pm: Naomi Osaka loses the first set 4-6 to Kateřina Siniaková. The world No. 1 has done that in all three matches at the 2019 French Open so far.

6:31pm: Stan Wawrinka saves four set points from 2-6 down in the tiebreak against Grigor Dimitrov! The 2015 champion wins 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8).

India's Leander Paes and French partner Benoit Paire lose 0-6, 6-4, 3-6 to third seed Colombians Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah.

6:27pm: Madison Keys wins the first set 6-4 against Anna Blinkova.

6:16pm: Borna Coric breaks Jan-Lennard Struff for the third set and a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 lead.

6:13pm: Novak Djokovic wins the first set 6-3 against Salvatore Caruso.

6:11pm: Dimitrov breaks Wawrinka. It's 5-all in the third.

6:09pm: World No. 1 Naomi Osaka begins her third-round match against Kateřina Siniaková on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

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6:05pm: Wawrinka has the break and will serve for the match at 5-4 against Dimitrov.

5:48pm: Fabio Fognini is also through. He beats Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

It'll be Fognini vs Zverev in the round of 16.

5:45pm: Alexander Zverev is through to the fourth round. He beats Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2 in three hours and three minutes.

5:38pm: Alexander Zverev is making heavy work of another Roland Garros. He's up a break against Dusan Lajovic in the fourth set of his third-round match. He played a five-setter in the first round, too.

Struff takes the second set 6-1 against Coric. It's one set all.

In 2018, he played three straight five-setters and then had nothing left in the tank when he faced Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals.

5:28pm: Roberto Bautista Agut wins the third set 6-4, but Fabio Fognini is up two sets and a break at 2-0 in the fourth.

Stan Wawrinka and Gregor Dimitrov resume their third-round match held over from Friday. The 2015 champion leads by two sets to love.

On Court 14, Jan-Lennard Struff is up 5-0 in the second set after Borna Coric won the first 6-4.

5:14pm: Dusan Lajovic breaks Sascha Zverev for the third time in a row to take the fourth set 6-1.

5:06pm: Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the round of 16 with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) win over Dusan Lajovic in a three-four-and-34-minute match spread over two days.

The Greek sixth seed, an Australian Open semifinalist, is into the round of 16 at Roland Garros for the first time.

Next up on Court Philippe-Chatrier is world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

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On Court Simone-Mathieu, Sascha Zverev is down two breaks at 1-4 in the fourth set.

4:45pm: Tsitsipas breaks Krajinović, who was serving for the set at 5-4.

On Court Simone-Mathieu, Lajovic wins the third set 6-4, but Zverev leads by two sets to one.

4:35pm: There's quite a bit of back and forth at Roland Garros. Fognini breask Bautista Agut to win the second set 6-4 and take a two-set lead.

4:32pm: Krajinović breaks Tsitsipas for a 4-3 lead in the fourth set.

4:30pm: Bautista Agut breaks Fognini to love and it's back on serve.

4:28pm: Fognini breaks Bautista Agut and will serve for the second set.

4:18pm: Tsitsipas breaks back and holds serve to lead Krajinović 2-1.

On Court Simone-Mathieu, it's Lajovic who holds the break against Zverev in the third set.

4:10pm: Tsitsipas seems to have lost a bit of rhythm. Krajinović breaks the sixth seed to begin the fourth set.

Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev takes the second set against Dusan Lajovic. The fifth seed leads 6-4, 6-2.

4:05pm: Filip Krajinović wins the third set tiebreak 7-5. Tsitsipas leads two sets to one.

3:57pm: On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Fabio Fognini wins the first-set tiebreak 7-5 against Roberto Bautista Agut.

3:56pm: Stefanos Tsitsipas holds serve to force a tiebreak in the third set against Filip Krajinović on Court Philippe-Chatrier, in a match held over from Friday.

- That's the win for Simona Halep. The defending champion is into the fourth round for the fifth time in her career. Clinical performance from the world no.3. Zero unforced errors. 

- Match point to Halep. But this isn't over. Tsurenko keeps the fight on and takes the game to deuce.

- Zverev has won the first set 6-4 against Lajovic.

- Tsurenko is back on her feet. And we resume. 4-0 to Halep, Tsurenko serves.

- Medical time-out. Lesia Tsurenko is getting treated on the side of the court. Seems like a problem with her right thigh. Halep leads 4-0 in the second set.

- Rafael Nadal beat David Goffin in the third round yesterday. And he's feelin really good about his tennis as he continue his bid for a record-extending 12th French Open title. Here's what he said after the game.


- Halep has taken the first set, quite easily, 6-2. As defending champion she is one of the favourites to win here. Three-time French Open champion Justine Henin definitely thinks so.

- Zverev's match against Lajovic is underway on Court Simonne Matieu as Fognini and Bautista Agut get their match going on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

- Defending champion Simona Halep gets her match against Lesia Tsurenko underway.

Here's how Halep won her maiden Grand Slam at the Roland Garros last year.

Take a look at how Day 6 of French Open went


Djokovic, Serena, Osaka, Halep, Zverev, Thiem, del Potro...AND Tsitsipas, Dimitrov and Wawrinka's matches that were suspended due to darkness yesterday. We've got quite a Saturday coming up at Roland Garros.

Today's top fixtures

Men's singles

- Alexander Zverev vs Dusan Lajovic

- Novak Djokovic vs Salvatore Caruso

- Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Cuevas

- Jordan Thompson vs Juan Martin del Potro

- Karen Khachanov vs Martin Klizan

- Fabio Fognini vs Roberto Bautista Agut

Women's singles

- Simona Halep vs Lesia Tsurenko

- Naomi Osaka vs Katerina Siniakova

- Madison Keys vs Anna Blinkova

- Ashleigh Barty vs Andrea Petkovic

- Serena Williams vs Sofia Kenin

- Amanda Anisimova vs Irina-Camelia Begu