Update: US teen Anisimova into 3rd round at French Open
By The Associated Press05/30/19, 11:27
The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
American teenager Amanda Anisimova is proving to be a jinx at Grand Slam tournaments for Aryana Sabalenka.
After previously beating the 11th-ranked Sabalenka in the third round of the Australian Open in January, the 17-year-old Anisimova did it again in the second round of the French Open, winning 6-4, 6-2.
Anisimova, ranked No. 51, is making only her second appearance at Roland Garros. She lost in the first round in 2017.
Naomi Osaka plays Victoria Azaranka in a matchup of current and former No. 1 players in the second round of the French Open.
Also Thursday, Serena Williams is back on Court Philippe Chatrier against Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.
In men’s action, top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 104th-ranked Henri Laaksonen, a “lucky loser” who only entered the draw when another player pulled out.
Osaka is aiming to win her third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, while at No. 43 Azarenka is still working her way back into the upper echelons of the game after a series of injuries, a pregnancy and a custody battle over her child.
A two-time winner of the Australian Open, Azarenka’s best result at Roland Garros was a run to the semifinals in 2013.