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Osaka Opens Year With Tough Win Over Sakkari

Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a return towards Maria Sakkari of Greece through the ladies’s singles match on day two of the Brisbane International tennis event in Brisbane on January 7, 2020.


Japanese star Naomi Osaka got here from a break down within the third set to beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari within the first spherical of the WTA Brisbane International on Tuesday.

Sakkari sniffed an upset when she received the second set in a tiebreak then broke Osaka’s opening service sport of the third set, however the former world primary dug deep and received 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 in a two-hour opening-round conflict.

Osaka, the event’s third seed, mentioned she was happy along with her first match of the yr, after she was pressured out of the WTA Finals in October with a shoulder damage.

“I’m really happy with how I served — I had to retire from my last match because of my shoulder thing, so I wasn’t really sure how I was going to serve today,” she mentioned.

“But I was told I hit 16 aces, so that’s pretty good for me.”

Sixth-seeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens additionally progressed in three units, beating Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Eighth seed Madison Keys served brilliantly in her spectacular 6-3, 6-2 win over Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova.

The American made 70 % of her first serves as she eased to a snug victory in simply 66 minutes.

“I think it (my serve) was just working pretty well today,” she mentioned.

“I probably took a little bit of pace off but more just because I felt like I was kind of feeling my slider a little bit more.

“It’s always nice when you can not only make your first serve, but it feels like it sets up the point really well for you.”

Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova induced an upset when she beat former US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

Samsonova, taking part in solely her seventh primary draw WTA event, recorded her first victory over a top-30 participant along with her 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win.

In different matches, Yulia Putinseva of Kazakhstan beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and Estonian Anett Kontaveit overpowered Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1.

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