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The Latest: US Open runner-up Azarenka loses at French Open

By The Associated Press
Posted 9:03AM on Wednesday 30th September 2020 ( 8 months ago )

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):

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2:55 p.m.

U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is out of the French Open in the second round.

The 10th-seeded Azarenka lost to 161st-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-2, 6-2.

Azarenka’s exit means all four women who reached the semifinals in New York earlier this month already are gone in Paris. Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open because of an injured Achilles tendon, Jennifer Brady lost in the first round at Roland Garros and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka did not make the trip to France.

Schmiedlova had lost 13 consecutive Grand Slam matches in a streak dating to 2015 until beating Venus Williams in the first round this week.

Azarenka is a former No. 1 and a two-time champion at the Australian Open.

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2:40 p.m.

Elina Svitolina could not hold back the tears when remembering her favorite mascot.

The third-seeded Ukrainian player was speaking in her post-match news conference after beating Renata Zarazua 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 to reach the third round.

She was asked at the end of the session how important the mascot called Bobik had been in her life, and whether she still had it.

Svitolina soon wiped away her tears.

“Well, it’s a really good question. Actually very sad for me because in 2018 I lost him,” she said. “It was very sad.”

Svitolina became even more tearful and took a few moments to compose herself.

“Sorry. I lost him. Yeah, it’s like this,” she said. “It’s a toy, but he was my talisman, my lucky charm.”

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1 p.m.

Dominik Koepfer was about to serve in his match against Stan Wawrinka on Court Suzanne Lenglen when he was startled by a sonic boom.

Koepfer's shoulders dropped into a defensive position and he stopped his service motion.

People all around Paris were were rattled when that loud bang arrived because no one immediately could be sure what caused it.

Police officers outside the tournament grounds were told to cordon off an area nearby.

Police soon wrote on Twitter that it wasn’t an explosion. They said it was "a fighter plane which has broken the sound barrier.”

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12 p.m.

Serena Williams is out of the French Open.

The American pulled out of the tournament before her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova because of an Achilles injury.

Williams hurt her left leg during a semifinal loss at the U.S. Open three weeks ago.

This is her earliest exit at any Grand Slam tournament since a second-round loss at Roland Garros in 2014.

She also withdrew from the French Open two years ago because of an injury before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.

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Serena Williams of the U.S., right, leaves after a video link press conference in which she announced her withdrawal from the tournament because of an Achilles injury prior to her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka plays a shot against Germany's Dominik Koepfer in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts after missing a shot against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina plays a shot against Mexico's Renata Zarazua in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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