World no. 1 Naomi Osaka arrived in Paris chasing the third straight Grand Slam crown after already conquering the US Open and the Australian Open, seeking success on her least favorite surface. Her form was not that good after Melbourne thanks to some injuries and she wasn't among the favorites in Paris, barely surviving Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round.
The Japanese had to dig deep against Victoria Azarenka in round two as well to extend her Grand Slam streak to 16 wins, setting the clash against doubles world no. 1 Katerina Siniakova. The Czech player proved to be too good at the moment, toppling Osaka 6-4, 6-2 in swift an hour and 17 minutes for her best result at Majors, celebrating one of the biggest wins in the young career so far!
Taming her shots nicely, Katerina fired 12 winners and 13 unforced errors, defending well and mounting the pressure on Naomi who did land 25 winners, followed with 38 unforced errors that ruined her chances for a better result.
Against Azarenka, Osaka was hanging in until she found the zone and that never happened today, failing to convert any of seven break points created and getting broken three times, enough to propel Siniakova over the top. It has to be said that Naomi had the advantage in the first eight games, serving well and earning three break points, squandering them all and losing serve in game nine when her forehand landed long.
In the ultimate challenge, Katerina repelled four break points in the next game while serving for the set, finding the way to stay unbroken and closing the set with a service winner after 44 minutes. The opportunities she said in the opener were long gone and there was nothing for Osaka to work with in set number two, giving serve away at 2-2 when her forehand found the net and trailing 5-2 after a costly double fault that sealed her fate.
Serving for an impressive victory, Katerina held at 15 to start a huge celebration after more mistakes from world no. 1 who played way beyond her level, unable to pull the third comeback of the week and stay on the title trail.