Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Halep, Kvitova, Osaka on song in Madrid

Halep, Kvitova, Osaka on song in Madrid

She will not only try to avoid that embarrassing defeat again but will also do her best to knock Osaka out.

Naomi Osaka celebrates a win at the Madrid Open on 5 May 2019.

Osaka has struggled since splitting with her coach Sascha Bajin in February, while an abdominal injury forced her to withdraw in Stuttgart eight days ago, creating doubts about her challenge at the French Open later this month.

No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands cruised into her third straight Madrid quarterfinal with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 12 seed Sevastova of Latvia in 59 minutes.

Bencic's stoic effort appeared to be a fruitless one when Osaka broke serve to make it 3-2 in the third set, only for the 22-year-old to remarkably pull level when she capitalised on some nervy serving from Osaka. I would like to win as many titles as her, but I am not sure I can do it.

A quality match of tennis was played on the WTA court of Caja Magica in Madrid today between Naomi Osaka and Belinda Bencic.

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Fourth seed Karolina Pliskova saved four match points to see off highly rated Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

Romania's twice Madrid victor Halep beat Britain's Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-1 and will play Viktoria Kuzmova in the next round, while France's Caroline Garcia set up a meeting with last year's champion Petra Kvitova after beating Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

American 13th seed Madison Keys was also a surprise first-round loser, going down 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

Things have been rather the same in Madrid too, as the top seed started with a 6-2, 7-6 (8) win over Dominika Cibulkova and then fought for three sets against Sarra Sorribes Tormo. France's Pauline Parmentier took out No. 6 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Only two ATP Tour matches were played on Sunday. Croatia's Donna Vekic beat No. 15 Qiang Wang of China 7-5, 6-4.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, just 18, won the all-Canadian battle with Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 7-6 (9/7) to set up a second-round clash against world No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

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