Sports | June 1, 2019 11:56 am

Naomi Osaka’s Grand Slam Winning Streak Is Over

After winning 16 matches, a loss to Katerina Siniakova at the French Open

Naomi Osaka
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 01: Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a backhand during her ladies singles third round match against Katerina Siniakova of The Czech Republic during Day seven of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 01, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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After 16 consecutive wins in Grand Slam matches, Naomi Osaka lost to Katerina Siniakova in the third round of the French Open on Saturday. This brings an impressive winning streak, which included victories at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, to an end. Siniakova won the match 6-4, 6-2.

Osaka was the #1 seed in the tournament; Siniakova was #42.

Conditions were not ideal for Osaka: the match occurred on the tournament’s warmest day yet. And the clay surfaces have also been historically troublesome for Osaka. As ESPN wrote in their report from the match, “Clay has never been Osaka’s best surface. Her power game is served better by the speed of hard courts, in particular. That’s why she still has not made it to the round of 16 at the French Open.”

It’s been a French Open full of milestones for a number of notable players, some more favorable than others. Roger Federer won his 400th career Grand Slam match on Friday with a victory over Casper Rudd.

And while Osaka’s Grand Slam winning streak is at an end this time around, there’s always another tournament around the corner. In this case, that’s literal: Wimbledon begins on July 1.

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