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Osaka ousts Tig in straight sets in French Open 1st round

Paris, May 30 (EFE).- Naomi Osaka on Sunday kicked off her bid for a first ever French Open title with a straight-sets win over Patricia Maria Tig.

The second seed, who has never made it beyond the third round of the French Open, needed one hour and 48 minutes to knock out Tig 6-4, 7-6 (4).

“I would say it’s a work in progress. Hopefully the more I play, the better it will get,” Osaka said after her match.

The 26-year-old Japanese hit 39 winners and overcame 35 unforced errors in a mixed showing on Court Philippe-Chatrier at Roland Garros.

For a place in the last 32, the Australian Open champion will take on Ana Bogdan, who won over Elisabetta Cocciaretto  6-1, 6-3 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova battled her way to a 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Greet Minnen in two hours and 16 minutes, to move on to the second round.

Kvitova had 43 winners in her opening match at Roland Garros, compared to Minnen’s 17.

The biggest upset of the round so far came as Ukraine’s unseeded Anhelina Kalinina eliminated three-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-4.

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