French Open Day 5 - How on earth do you beat Naomi Osaka at a Slam? Edmund out; The bathroom break debate

After 16 consecutive match wins in a row at Grand Slam tennis tournaments, we are starting to wonder how it is even possible to beat Naomi Osaka at a major event. The Japanese player has been in trouble a number of times, but against Victoria Azarenka she extricated herself again, and is looking more of a threat as she goes along.

What is her secret? How much longer can she keep this up? And why does she fail to perform well until she is nearly down and out? The Tennis Podcast team of Catherine Whitaker, Matt Roberts and Simon Briggs from the Telegraph assemble to talk it through. 

Elsewhere, Kyle Edmund lost limply, complaining of a knee injury as he retired set 3 against Pablo Cuevas. What’s going on with Kyle?

There was also a big win for Amanda Anisimova, scrapes for Dominic Thiem, Belinda Bencic and Simona Halep, and comfortable passages for Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.

And, with the subject of long bathroom breaks coming up after an 11-minuter at the end of set 2 between Osaka and Azarenka, Catherine and Simon discuss the subject of menstruation, and whether it’s time for allowances to be made within the rule, and also consideration given to it as a possibility for for commentators to mention.

The Tennis Podcast will be daily throughout the French Open, the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s, and Wimbledon.

It is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.


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