The 2021 French Open has only just begun, but there are already a few interesting storylines that have happened. There’s plenty to talk about of what has happened over the last few days, including a shock early exit of the former two-time finalist. Let’s get right to it so you can continue betting against their French Open odds.
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2021 French Open
- When: May 30 – June 13
- Where: Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France
Naomi Osaka Edges past Patricia Maria Tig
World no.2 Naomi Osaka of Japan edged past Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig with 6-4 and 7-6. After winning the match, the 23-year-old Japanese tennis star agreed to a quick on-court interview even though he has refused to carry out any media obligations during the French Open.
She has cited post-match interviews are detrimental to her mental health, but perhaps they are more damaging to her wallet, given that she was fined £15,000 for refusing to attend the post-match conference.
“For me, playing on clay is a work in progress,” said Osaka. “Hopefully, the more I play, the better I will become. It’s a beautiful court. I’ve only played two matches here, one before the roof and one now, so hopefully, I’ll keep it going.”
With that win, Osaka is now through to the second round, where she’ll take on world no.102 Ana Bogdan. The latter beat Elisabetta Cocciaretto (6-1, 6-3).
This year marks Osaka’s fifth appearance on the French court, where she has historically struggled to deliver. In her last five starts, Osaka hasn’t managed to make it further than the third round. Last year, she was eliminated by Kateřina Siniaková (4-5, 2-6), who broke her 16-consecutive Grand Slam wins.
Kalinina stuns Kerber in straight sets
Although not a massive upset victory, Anhelina Kalinina’s 2-0 win over the world no.27 Angelique Kerber is definitely one to talk about.
Unless you were betting on Kerber to win the 2021 French Open, you must appreciate matches where an underdog upsets a heavy favorite.
There’s some charm in seeing an outsider win against a former world no.1 and three-time Major champion, and that’s exactly what has happened on Sunday.
On the other side, it isn’t too shocking to see Kerber underperform on the French clay. The German tennis star has struggled with her form this year and is now 8-9 on the season.
Roland-Garros is also the only Grand Slam Kerber has yet to win in her career. Her best placement here was quarter-finals in 2012 and 2018. She has crashed out of the first round in each of her last three starts.
Dominic Thiem crashes out of French Open
If you thought the 2021 French Open would end without major upsets, it took only one day to prove you wrong. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The two-time finalists and one of the leading betting favorites to win the 2021 French Open, Dominic Thiem, suffered a shock first-round defeat against world no. 68 Pablo Andujar. The latter eliminated the Austrian tennis star in spectacular fashion, even though he was extremely close to getting swept 0-3.
The 35-year-old Spaniard beat Thiem through perseverance and determination. After trailing 0-2, Andujar turned on his jets and reverse-swept the world no.2 with 6-4, 6-4, and 6-4 to produce what is one of the magnificent upsets of the year.
This marks the first time in Thiem’s career that he has failed to make it past the first round in France. It also marks only the eighth time Andujar has ever made it into the second round of the French Open and the first time since 2015 when he lost against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round.
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