Madrid Open: Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep Advance To 2nd Round


Madrid: Second-seeded Naomi Osaka has advanced into the second round of the Madrid Open on Friday. She made her return to clay to beat Misaki Doi 7-5, 6-2 in the first round.

Osaka overcame Doi’s strong start by hitting six aces and breaking her serve five times.

Osaka, the US Open and Australian Open champion, next plays Karolina Muchova after the Czech beat Qiang Wang 6-1, 6-3.

On the other hand, third-seeded Simona Halep, who won the tournament in 2016 and ’17, beat Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 7-5.

Maria Sakkari roared back after losing the first seven games of her match against Amanda Anisimova to win 0-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Daria Kasatkina needed three match points to see off Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1).

Fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka defeated Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-2.

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