Anisimova, 20, who unexpectedly became a semi-finalist at Roland Garros three years ago, has now beaten Osaka in back-to-back Grand Slams after winning the third round of the Australian Open in January.
In their last clash at Roland Garros – possibly the women’s first round pick – there were five service breaks in a close, swinging first set, including the first three games of the match.
Anisimova took advantage when she thrashed Osaka 5-5 to win the first set in 48 minutes, and in the second she broke the 3-3 and saved serve twice to complete the win.
American runner-up. The 27th racket of the world in the second round on Wednesday will play with the Croatian Donna Vekic.
“When you see Naomi Osaka in the first round, you don’t think it’s going to be easy,” Anismiova said in her on-court interview after the game.
“It was a very tough match. I went out on the field and I knew that I had to show good tennis … I’m just very happy to be back here and go through the first round.
Osaka pulled out of last year’s French Open after refusing to speak to the media to protect her mental health.
On Friday before the first round game, Osaka spoke to the media and admitted that she was “still thinking” about the events of last year’s tournament.
The loss to Anisimova means Osaka ended her clay-court run with just three games played, losing in the second round of the Madrid Open and having to pull out of the Italian Open with an ankle injury.
Last week, the men’s and women’s professional tours, along with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), announced that no ranking points would be awarded at Wimbledon following the decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament amid the war in Ukraine.
“I’m the kind of player who gets motivated by my rankings or something like that,” Osaka told reporters on Monday.
“I think the intention is really good, but the execution is lame.”
Svyatek goes on, Kreychikova flies out
Elsewhere in the women’s bracket is the 2020 champion and world number one. 1 Iga Swiatek confidently advanced to the second round, defeating Lesya Tsurenko with a score of 6:2 6:0.
The victory extended Swiatek’s unbeaten streak to 29 matches, the longest on the WTA Tour since 2013.
Meanwhile, last year’s champion Barbora Kreychikova dropped out of the tournament ahead of schedule, losing with a score of 6:1, 2:6, 3:6 to teenager Diane Perry.
Encouraged by the support of the home crowd, Parry bounced back from early breaks early in the second and third sets, including winning six games in a row in the second, and scoring her first win against a top 10 player.