first_imgFrench Open: Osaka survives early exit, Thiem battles through to 3rd roundFor the second time in the French Open, Naomi Osaka survived a scare to advance to third round of the tournament, while in men’s singles Dominic Thiem had to fight it out to reach the next round.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 18:28 IST Naomi Osaka advanced to third round of French Open. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld No. 1 Naomi Osaka defeated ictoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3 to reach Round 3 of French OpenDominic Thiem sweat hard to beat Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 7-5Having won the US and Australian Opens, Osaka is aiming for her third successive majorFor the second match running world number one Naomi Osaka stared at an early French Open exit but once again she fought like a champion, recovering from a woeful start to beat Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3.On the men’s side, Austrian Dominic Thiem overcame a tough test to reach the French Open third round with a 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 7-5 win over defiant Kazakh Alexander Bublik.The 21-year-old Japanese lost the first four games against a fired-up former world number one but reacted superbly to claw herself back and claim a 16th successive Grand Slam match win.She is aiming to win a third successive major having bagged her first two at the U.S. and Australian Opens but she is doing it the hard way in Paris.Azarenka seemed poised to follow up her first round win over 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko when she moved 4-2 ahead in the second set playing with the kind of control and aggression that took her to two Australian Open triumphs.But Osaka flicked a switch and began pummelling heavy groundstrokes that kept Azarenka at full stretch.Osaka piled on the pressure when Azarenka served at 5-6 but squandered three set points before finally levelling the match with a screaming backhand winner.She raced into a 5-1 lead in the decider and although Azarenka grabbed the next two games, Osaka kept her focus to reach the third round.In men’s singles, fourth seed Thiem, who reached the final at Roland Garros last year, had to use his full range of shots to overcome 91st ranked Bublik, who put up a fight against the prince of clay’.advertisementThe fancied Thiem, who is looking for his first Grand Slam success, broke Bublik in the second game of the first set and, while the Kazakh produced a cheeky underarm serve that helped him hold for 4-2, he did not threaten the Austrian’s serve.However, the 25-year-old Thiem was broken in the fourth game of the second set and, despite battling back with a break of his own at 5-3 down, the Austrian was outfoxed in the tiebreak.Thiem was clearly in a contest against the tricky Bublik, who was making his Roland Garros debut at 21, and had to dig deep before breaking in the eighth game and taking the third.Bublik never gave up in the first meeting between the pair and broke in the second game of the fourth before squandering two set points at 5-2. Thiem sensed his chance and took the next five games to wrap up victory with an exquisite drop shot.In other match, Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas reached the third round of the French Open after Kyle Edmund, the last British man left in the singles draw, retired with a knee injury midway through the third set on Thursday.Edmund called on the trainer while trailing 7-6(3) 6-3 2-1 and after a short discussion, he informed the umpire he was unable to continue.Also Read | French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outAlso Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow French Open 2019Follow Dominic Thiem Nextlast_img read more