Tags: Osaka, Naomi (1997- )

2019 French Open: Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka Lose in the Third Round

PARIS — It is a wide-open moment in women’s tennis, and Saturday at the French Open underscored that fact as Naomi Osaka, the reigning No. 1, and Serena Williams, the greatest women’s player of this era, were beaten in straight sets in the third round by unseeded opponents. Osaka was defeated, 6-4, 6-2, by Katerina…

Power Players Learn to Love — Well, Like — the Clay

ROME — Karolina Pliskova, who won the Italian Open on Sunday, has something in common with Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova, who also claimed titles on clay this spring: it’s their least favorite surface. The three play fairly similar games, built on first-strike power tennis and minimal movement — a combination that is often ineffective…

On Tennis: Will Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal Be Ready for the Clay-Court Season?

The main clay-court season is officially underway, and this time around it is particularly unclear how the dust might settle. If Rafael Nadal is truly healthy after aggravating a right knee injury three weeks ago — he has been training at home to prepare for the Monte Carlo Open — he remains the man to…