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Moving on at Miami: Osaka has won 22 consecutive matches

Naomi Osaka would possibly by no means hit a worse shot. Not that it mattered.

The world’s No. 2-ranked lady shanked a serve that sailed over her opponent’s head, however shook off the mishit to win her twenty second match in a row Friday, beating Ajla Tomljanović 7-6 (3), 6-4 within the second spherical at the Miami Open.

Serving into the solar within the ultimate recreation, Osaka clunked her shot off the lip of her racket, blooping the ball previous an astonished Tomljanović.

“That was actually kind of funny when I got past my frustration,” Osaka stated. “The sun was like on top of a cloud, and it gave off this really weird glare effect. It was kind of my fault for being stubborn and not trying to catch my toss and wait it out.”

Other serves had been a lot better — Osaka hit 13 aces. She hasn’t lost in additional than a year, and her successful streak consists of her fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open final month.

She wants just one extra victory for her finest exhibiting in 5 appearances in Miami, the place she has traditionally made early exits.

“I don’t think there’s too much you can read into them,” Osaka stated. “I think there’s always a reason I haven’t done well here, and hopefully I’m able to do well this time.”

In males’s play, No. 3-seeded Alexander Zverev double-faulted thrice on break level and lost to No. 83-ranked Emil Ruusuvuori, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Zverev was coming off a run to the title final week in Acapulco.

No. 1-seeded Daniil Medvedev wanted lower than an hour to beat 37-year-old Yen-hsun Lu 6-2, 6-2. Three different seeded males lost — No. 8 David Goffin, No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 30 Reilly Opelka.

Goffin, a semifinalist in 2016, was upset by James Duckworth 6-3, 6-1. Dimitrov was swept by (*22*) Norrie 7-5, 7-5. No. 30 Reilly Opelka lost to Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-2.

In different ladies’s play, No. 10 Kiki Bertens was upset by Liudmila Samsonova, 6-2, 6-1. Winning in straight units had been No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Bianca Andreescu, No. 12 Garbiñe Muguruza and No. 16 Elise Mertens.

Muguruza, who won the Dubai Championships earlier this month, improved her 2021 report to 19-4 by beating wild card Xinyu Wang 6-4, 6-1.

“I was actually quite nervous, because this is a tournament that I love,” Muguruza stated. “After playing well in the Middle East swing, I just wanted to keep the same energy and the same quality of tennis.”

Pliskova dropped her first service recreation however settled down to comb Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-1. Mertens was some extent from trailing 4-0 however rallied previous Katie Boulter 6-4, 6-1.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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