Osaka didn’t raise her head

She defeated Naomi Osaka by Shuai Zhang (4-6, 5-7) in the first round of the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati. The Japanese player, who has won a match since May, has suffered three consecutive defeats and will reach the US Open in the worst possible way. In the round of 32, Zhang will face Alexandrova.

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Naomi Osakamore You Shuai Zhango He was in the first round of the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati. It was the sixth official confrontation between Japan and China. Of the last five instances, three fell on Osaka’s side and two on Zhang’s side. The Japanese won at Indian Wells 2017, Charleston 2018 and Beijing 2018, and the Chinese won at Tokyo 2016 and Madrid 2018.

After a poor week for the two in Canada, with Osaka in the first round and Zhang saying goodbye in the second, they arrived in Cincinnati with the need to make themselves felt before the last Grand Slam of the year. The one from Osaka, a priori, was the favorite to win the match, although Chinese Zhang already knew what it was like to beat Naomi twice.

Zhang, Superior

From the start of the match, Zhang was more focused than Osaka. Sugar will break her opponent’s serve at the first opportunity, serving like a charm in the first set so as not to put her in danger. Only one break ball must save Shuai 3-2, winning the rest of the game with relative ease, And the first set 6-4 in his favor,

In another, seeing everything as punishment for a Chinese was better still. He again broke Osaka’s serve in the third game of the second set. While serving for the match, Shuai felt the pressure, which helped Naomi recover. However, another poor service game from an erratic Osaka condemned him to return to stay in the match for the second time, Match tie, this time yes, Shuai 7-5,

sugar will be measured tomorrow Ekaterina Alexandrova, Osaka had not lost in the first round to Canada and Cincinnati since 2018, the year she won the US Open.

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