French Open 2019, Day 5 As it Happened: Osaka to battle Azarenka; Djokovic, Serena look to march on

Naomi Osaka fought back from one set down to win against Victoria Azarenka, while Novak Djokovic made light work of Henri Laaksonen on Day five at Roland Garros.

Naomi Osaka in action during the first round of the French Open   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates of Day 5 (Thursday) of the 2019 French Open.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Simona Halep overcomes in the third set to win Magda Linette 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

- Novak Djokovic makes light work of Henri Laaksonen in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

- Naomi Osaka comes from a set and a break down to beat Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

- Serena Williams sweeps past Kurumi Nara with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

- After a five-set opening match, Alexander Zverev eases past Mikael Ymer 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

- Dominic Thiem defeats Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5.

- Juan Martin Del Potro beats Yoshihito Nishioka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-5(5-7), 6-2

 

12:18am: Ninth seed Fabio Fognini beats Federico Delbonis 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the round of 32.

12:08am: USA's 14th seed Madison Keys wins the first set 7-5 but loses the second set by the same margin against Australia's Priscilla Hon.

12:00am, 31 May: Defending champion Simona Halep storms the third set to win the match against Magda Linette 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Karen Khachanov enter the fourth round of French Open with a 6-3, 7-6(8-6), 0-6, 7-5 victory over Gregoire Barrere.

11:43pm: Juan Martin Del Potro powers through the final set to win the match against Yoshihito Nishioka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-5(5-7), 6-2 to enter the round of 32.

11:14pm: Simona Halep lets a 5-3 lead slip away to lose the second set 7-5 to Magda Linette.

10:54pm: Defending champions Simona Halep takes the first set 6-2 against Poland's Magda Linette.

Aleksandra Krunic wins the first set 7-5 against Ukraine's 27th seed Lesia Tsurenko.

Yoshihito Nishioka wins the fourth set 7-6 against Juan Martin Del Potro to push the match into the final set.

10:07pm: Borna Coric, the 13th seed, beats Lloyd Harris 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (2).

9:54pm: Roberto Bautista Agut, the 18th seed, beats Taylor Fritz 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

9:51pm: Defending champion Simona Halep begins her second-round match against Magda Linette on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

 

9:34pm: Gaël Monfils, the top-seeded Frenchman at 14th, beats compatriot Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Juan Martin del Potro wins the third set against Yoshihito Nishioka. He leads 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Antonie Hoang dumps 23rd seed Fernando Verdasco out of the French Open. The Frenchman wins 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.

9:21pm: Anna Blinkova knocks the top-ranked Frenchwoman in the draw, Caroline Garcia, the 24th seed. The 20-year-old Russian qualifier wins 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

9:15pm: Journeymen Jan-Lennard Struff and Radu Albot are going neck and neck. Struff took the first two set in tiebreaks, and Albot did that in the third.

Jordan Thompson makes it to the third round of the French Open for the first time with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3 win over the 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic.

9:00pm: Juan Martin del Potro breaks Yoshihito Nishioka and serves out the second set at 6-4. It's one set all.

Gaël Monfils serves out the second set. He leads Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4.

8:50pm: Andrea Petkovic beats 25th seed Hsieh Su-wei 4-6, 6-3, 8-6 to go through to the third round.

8:18pm: On Suzanne-Lenglen, 14th seed Gael Monfils wins the first set 6-3 against French compatriot Adrian Mannarino.

8:13pm: Yoshihito Nishioka breaks eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro and takes this first set 7-5.

8:08pm: Monica Puig ousts 21st seed Daria Kasatkina with a 6-3, 6-1 victory. The 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist will face 17-year-old sensation Iga Swiatek in the third round.

8:05pm: Yoshihito Nishioka breaks Juan Martin del Potro and serves for the first set, but the big Argentine breaks back and will serve at 4-5.

 

8:00pm: On Court 6, the hard-hitting Daria Kasatkina is fighting to stay in the match, and the 21st seed breaks Monica Puig. But she still trails 3-6, 1-4.

7:57pm: Del Potro loses a 3-1 lead in the opening set. He's serving at 3-4 now to Yoshihito Nishioka.

7:44pm: Dušan Lajović, seeded 30, beats French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit to make it to the third round.

7:40pm: The Indian challenge comes to an end at Roland Garros. Divij Sharan and Japan's Shuko Aoyama lose to Santiago González of Italy and Ukraine's Lyudmyla Kichenok 3-6, 6-2, 7-10 in the opening round of the mixed doubles.

Juan Martin del Potro is in action on Court Simone Mathieu.

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7:26pm: Novak Djokovic is through in an hour and 33 minutes. The world No. 1 beats Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. He faces qualifier Salvatore Caruso in the third round.

7:09pm: Fifth seed Alexander Zverev wraps up his second-round match against Mikael Ymer 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

7:00pm: Serena Williams is into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kumuri Begu.

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6:55pm: Novak Djokovic leads Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4.

6:30pm: Serena Williams wins the first set 6-3 against Kurumi Nara.

6:28pm: Irina-Camelia Begu beats Karolina Muchova 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

6:14pm: Novak Djokovic wraps up the first set 6-1 in just 23 minutes.

On Court Simone Mathieu, Alexander Zverev is up 6-1, 6-3 against Mikael Ymer.

Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso ousts 26th seed Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

6:11pm: Laaksonen finally wins a game. Djokovic to serve for the set at 5-1.

5:52pm: Novak Djokovic begins his second-round match against Henri Laaksonen on Suzanne-Lenglen and Serena Williams begins hers against Kurumi Nara on Philippe-Chatrier.

5:50pm: Kateřina Siniaková, the reigning French Open and Wimbledon doubles champion, beats 29th seed Maria Sakkari 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 6-3.

5:40pm: Eighth seed Ashleigh Barty beats Danielle Rose Collins 7-5, 6-1.

5:38pm: Fifth seed Sascha Zverev races through the first set 6-1 against Mikael Ymer.

5:36pm: Diego Schwartzman, a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros in 2018 and 17th seed this year, is out. His compatriot Leonardo Mayer wins 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in a match carried over from Wednesday.

5:33pm: World No. 1 Naomi Osaka fights her way to the third round of the 2019 French Open. Victoria Azarenka won the first set 6-4 and served for the match at 5-4 in the second. But the reigning US and Australian gave all she had to win the second 7-5 and decider 6-3.

READ | Osaka wins in three sets to reach third round

5:24pm: Osaka serves for the match a second time at 5-3 in the third set.

5:19pm: Azarenka breaks Osaka as she serves for the match. It's 5-2 to the world No. 1.

5:14pm: The world No. 1 is racing now. Osaka is serving for the match.

5:12pm: Dominic Thiem, the 2018 runner-up, is through to the third round at Roland Garros, defeating Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5.

5:07pm: Naomi Osaka has the break and leads the third set 3-1 against Victoria Azarenka

4:52pm: Ekaterina Alexandrova reaches the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

4:35pm: Pablo Cuevas is into the third round as 28th seed Kyle Edmund retires while trailing 6-7 (3), 3-6, 1-2.

And Naomi Osaka wins the second set against Victoria Azarenka, who had served for the match at 5-4. It's a set apiece.

4:17pm: Spanish qualifier Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov beats Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) to make it to the third round in her first appearance in a Grand Slam main draw. The 21-year-old had beaten 2010 Wimbledon  and US Open runner-up Vera Zvonareva.

3:57pm: The reigning US and Australian Open champion is in trouble. Naomi Osaka is a set and a break down to two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka.

3:54pm: Alexander Bublik wins the second-set tiebreak 8-6 against 2018 French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem. It's one set all.

3:51pm: Amanda Anisimova is into the third round with a 6-4, 6-2 upset of 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka, who she also beat in the Australian Open in January.

3:39pm: Kateřina Siniaková takes the first-set tiebreak 7-5 against 29th seed Maria Sakkari.

In the men's draw, Pablo Cuevas wins the first-set tiebreak 7-3 against 28th seed Kyle Edmund.

3:33pm: Iga Swiatek races through to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. The 17-year-old upsets 16th seed Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-0.

 

3:27pm: Osaka gets out jail: she saves two breaks points and holds serve at the start of the second set.

3:24pm: Samantha Stosur wins the first set against Ekaterina Alexandrova.

3:20pm: Top seed Naomi Osaka is in trouble for the second straight match. She loses the first set 6-4 to Victoria Azarenka.

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3:17pm: Strong starts for the women's next gen. The 17-year-olds Amanda Anisimova and Iga Swiatek win their opening sets against 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka and 16th seed Wang Qiang, respectively.

Anisimova had beaten Sabalenka in the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year, too.

3:05pm: Dominic Thiem has taken the first set comfortably in his second round clash against Alexander Bublic. The biggest difference between the two in the first set has been the number of unforced errors. While Bublik committed 14, Thiem played a largely error-free first set (1) to wrap it up in less than 30 minutes.

Top seed and 2016 champion Novak Djokovic continues his bid to hold all four Slams at once for the second time on Thursday. He will face lucky loser Henri Laaksonen.

Naomi Osaka, who was just two points from defeat in her opener, faces another minefield in the shape of former world number one and two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka.

Three-time winner Serena Williams, who is looking for a record-equalling 24th major, faces Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.x