Osaka subdues Sasnovich surge to kick off Cincinnati marketing campaign
CINCINNATI, OH, USA – World No.1 Naomi Osaka took the scenic path to the third spherical on the Western & Southern Open, needing three units to maneuver previous Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-2.
Final week, Osaka kicked off her North American hardcourt season in Toronto, the place she reached the quarterfinals for the primary time earlier than falling to Serena Williams. That consequence – amongst different variables – catapulted her again into the WTA World No.1 rating.
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Osaka edged previous the primary set immediately towards Sasnovich, when the Belarusian got here charging again within the second – but it surely was all Osaka within the third to say her first victory in Cincinnati. The win immediately assures that any challengers for her No.1 rating – particularly Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova – might want to attain the ultimate of Cincinnati so as to dethrone her.
The Japanese participant fired 24 winners and 29 unforced errors towards Sasnovich, who stored tempo with 22 winners and 26 errors of her personal. However it was Osaka who was extra decisive on the massive moments, changing on 4 of her 5 break alternatives, whereas Sasnovich broke 4 from seven instances.