Naomi Osaka made a profitable begin to her marketing campaign on the Miami Open on Wednesday. The previous world no. 1 who exited Indian Wells amidst tears after a second-round loss to Veronika Kudermetova defeated Astra Sharma 6-3, 6-4 in 81 minutes.
Osaka didn’t face any break level on her serve and transformed two break factors on the Australian’s serve, though the latter did save 9 break factors throughout the match. Talking after the match on her loss in Indian Wells, Osaka stated, “I did not need to let something hassle me, it doesn’t matter what occurred.
The final match I performed was not the best reminiscence for me. I wished to show that I may come again out right here and compete, and irrespective of if I gained or misplaced, to only know that I had the very best perspective I may”. Within the second spherical, Osaka will play thirteenth seed, Angelique Kerber.
Miami Open: Linda Fruhvirtova exhibits the longer term’s now
In the meantime, 2018 champion, Sloane Stephens additionally superior to the second spherical. The American ousted Panna Udvardy 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 39 minutes. Stephens saved 5 of the seven break factors she confronted whereas changing 5 of the 12 break factors, she had on the Hungarian’s serve.
Put up-match, Stephens stated, “It was a tricky match, however I used to be joyful to battle via and follow my sport plan and have the ability to execute. It’s at all times a particular event for me, I’ve at all times performed properly right here, I like enjoying right here, coming again right here.
So, it’s good to get a win, particularly in entrance of family and friends, and hopefully, I get some extra quickly”. For a spot within the round-of-32, Stephens will now tackle fellow American and sixteenth seed, Jessica Pegula.
Lastly, one other noteworthy outcome was posted courtesy of wildcard, Linda Fruhvirtova. The Czech teenager beat Danka Kovinic, 6-0, 6-4 of their first-round conflict on the Miami Open. Within the second spherical, Fruhvirtova will play twentieth seed, Elise Mertens.