PARIS – The return of Naomi Osaka to the French Open will be a difficult test against the player who beat her at the Australian Open, Amanda Anisimova.
On Thursday, during the draw at Roland Garros, they performed online.
Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion who was previously №1 in the rankings but dropped to № 38 in part due to lack of activity. This included a stay mental health after she starred with “Roland Garros” before the match of the second round last year, showing that she coped with anxiety and depression.
Since it is not seeded at the French Open, where play begins on a Sunday, it was not immune to the meeting with seeded opponent, so it’s going to happen against the 27th Anisimova.
In January, Anisimova won the third round match at Melbourne Park 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
In the women’s quarterfinals in Paris, the No. 1 champion and 2020 champion Iga Sviatek against two-time champion Karolina Plishkova, reigning champion Barbara Krejcikova against Annette Cantaveit, Paulo Bados against Arina Sobolenko and Jonsa Jaber are possible.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaras found themselves in one half of the men’s network.
Djokovic, who is the reigning champion and seeded No. 1, could meet 13-time champion Nadal in the quarterfinals. A year ago, Djokovic defeated Nadal in the semifinals.
Nadal leads the Grand Slam standings among men out of 21, one ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer. It will be Djokovic’s first major tournament since last year’s US Open; he was not allowed to play at the Australian Open because he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
If this Djokovic-Nadal showdown takes place, the winner could meet in the semifinals with Alcaraz number 6. Alcaraz is just 19 years old, he recently won the Madrid Open on the ground and became the youngest man to break into the top 10 after Nadal in 2005.
Alcaras can meet in the quarterfinals with number 3 “seeded” Alexander Zverev. The potential quarterfinal in the second half of the net is number 2 Daniil Medvedev against number 7 Andrei Rublev in the match between two Russians who will not be allowed to participate in Wimbledon due to the invasion of Ukraine in Ukraine, and 2021, which took second place. Stefano Tsitsipas against 8th Casper Ruud.
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