Osaka faces tough test in French return

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PARIS (AP) Naomi Osaka will not have the luxury of easing into her return to the courts of the French Open, facing a tough foe in her very first match.

Week 2 at Roland Garros, meanwhile, could be quite fascinating for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz - the three leading favorites for the men's title ended up on the same side of the bracket for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, meaning only one can reach the final.

Thursday's draw at Roland Garros also set up two tantalizing possibilities in the fourth round for No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek, the 2020 champion who is currently on a 28-match winning streak. She might need to go up against 2018 champion Simona Halep at that stage or 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko - who just so happens to be the last woman to defeat Swiatek.

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2022 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 8,660
2 D. Medvedev 7,980
3 A. Zverev 7,200
4 S. Tsitsipas 6,170
5 R. Nadal 5,525
6 C. Alcaraz 4,770
7 A. Rublev 3,945
8 C. Ruud 3,940
9 F. Auger-Aliassime 3,850
10 M. Berrettini 3,805
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2022 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 I. Swiatek 7,061
2 B. Krejcikova 4,911
3 P. Badosa 4,770
4 M. Sakkari 4,726
5 A. Kontaveit 4,446
6 O. Jabeur 4,380
7 A. Sabalenka 3,966
8 K. Pliskova 3,568
9 D. Collins 3,315
10 G. Muguruza 3,031
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