Japanese star Osaka reaches Miami Open third round

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WASHINGTON, March 26 (Xinhua) — Second seed Naomi Osaka of Japan kept a stunning winning streak alive as she overcame a tough test from Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia to win 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the second round of the Miami Open on Friday.

“This is my first match since the Australian Open, so I just really wanted to play well,” reigning Australian Open champion Osaka said. “I kind of feel like I’m at home here, because I grew up near here for most of my life.”

Osaka has won her last 22 matches, and is unbeaten since February 2020.

Against world No.77 Tomljanovic, Osaka fired 36 winners, with aces accounting for 13 of those. Despite being broken twice, Osaka still won 81 percent of her first-service points in the clash.

“I think for me, today I served really well when I needed to,” Osaka said. “Unfortunately I got broken a couple of times, but I think when it really, really mattered, I was able to serve well, so I’m happy with that.”

Elsewhere, sixth seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic dropped her first service game but settled down to sweep China’s Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-1 to reach the next round. Former world number one Garbine Muguruza of Spain defeated Chinese wildcard Wang Xinyu 6-4, 6-1.

In the men’s draw, top seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat Lu Yen-hsun from Chinese Taipei 6-2, 6-2, while third seed Alexander Zverev of Germany lost to Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Enditem

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