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Naomi Osaka Ousts Tomljanovic To Start Miami Title Charge

Naomi Osaka extended her winning streak to 22 matches in Miami.

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Naomi Osaka toughed out a 7-6(3) 6-4 win over Ajla Tomljanovic to reach the third round at the Miami Open.

 

In Osaka’s first match since the Australian Open, the world number two continued a red-hot form with victory.

Although Osaka is arguably the most in-form player in the world right now, the match wasn’t easy as the Australian brought her A game.

Tomljanovic was a break up twice in the second set, more notably at 3-2, with some big hitting from the back of the court matched with some good point construction.

Despite the deficit, Osaka managed to create devastating angles and create power as well as depth from both wings.

When the pressure was on the world number 77 to close out the opening set, Osaka used her experience and calmness to break to love to seal the break back for 5-5.

A tiebreak loomed with Osaka dominating proceedings with some clutch serving as she took the first set 7-3 in the tiebreak in 55 minutes.

If you thought after a tight first set it was going to be all one-way traffic, then you were clearly wrong as Tomljanovic continued to apply solid pressure.

The Australian had already produced another good performance at the Australian Open against Simona Halep and continued to rise against playing the big players.

A lack of clinical edge would continue to be her downfall though as she failed to capitalise on three break points for a 2-0 lead.

Continuing to apply the pressure, Osaka looked at ease in dominating the rally and changing the tempo at any point during the contest.

Tomljanovic continued to serve well in big and important points but eventually the tactical level of Osaka was too much as she managed to transition from defensive to attacking patterns of play easily.

After breaking in the ninth game, Osaka closed out the match in 1 hour and 41 minutes to extend her winning streak to 22 matches.

Osaka will now play Yulia Putintseva or Nina Stojanovic in the third round as she looks to win another title.

Here are some of the other results so far as the second round reaches its conclusion on Friday:

Elise Mertens def Katie Boulter 6-4 6-1

Garbine Muguruza def Xinyu Wang 6-4 6-1

Karolina Pliskova def Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-1

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Taylor Fritz saves two match points to upset Alexander Zverev in Indian Wells

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Taylor Fritz saved two match points to score the second top 5 win of his career against 2021 Olympic champion Alexander Zverev at he BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Fritz has reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal. 

 

After a trade of breaks at the start of the opening set, Fritz saved two break points in the fifth game. Zverev broke serve in the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. 

Fritz broke in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and served out 6-3 at deuce in the ninth game. 

Zverev earned an early break to take a 2-0 lead at the start of the third set and held on his next service games to open up a 5-2 lead. Fritz broke back in the ninth game, when Zverev made two double faults, as he was serving out the match.  

Fritz came back from 2-5 down in the third set and fended off two match points at 3-5 30-40 and 4-5 30-40 to beat Zverev 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) after 2 hours and 22 minutes. 

Despite today’s defeat Zverev still leads 3-2 in his head-to-head matches against Fritz. The US player will face Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal. 

“I was really down and out but I found a way to put myself into it. I really wanted to make him have to close me out and I was able to get back into the match Normally you would be so nervous in those situations and in the third set tie-break, but I felt so confident being aggressive, going after my game. It feels really great to play well with the pressure on”, said Fritz. 

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Nikoloz Basilashvili upsets Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal

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Nikoloz Basilashvili upset world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semfinal. 

 

Basilashvili, who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter final, went up a 4-1 lead with a double break in the first and fifth games. Tsitsipas pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4. Basilashvili held on his next service games to claim the first set 6-4. 

Tsitsipas broke twice in the fourth and eighth games and did not face a break point to seal the second set 6-2. 

After a trade of breaks in the first and fourth games of the third set, Basilashvili earned his second break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and fended off a break point in the eighth game to hold serve after three deuces. He served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game.   

Despite the defeat Tsitsipas still leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Basilashvili. The Georgian player had never won a main draw match in Indian Wells in his four previous appearances at this tournament. Earlier this year he won two titles at Doha and Munich. 

Tsitsipas was aiming to reach his third consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal in North America after advancing to the last four in two consecutive hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. 

“I have played really great matches this tournament. I was not played with how I played today but I was happy with how I managed my stress levels. First time in the quarter finals and it is a big court and Stefanos is still a tough player. I had to keep my physical levels and energy levels in a really good shape because I knew mentally I would be a little bit tight and stressed”, said Basilashvili.

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Carlos Moya, Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for the 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Carlos Moya, the first Spanish player the number 1, and former Grand Slam champions Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 

Ivanovic lifted the 2008 French Open Trophy after a final at the 2008 Australian Open and a semifinal at 2007 Wimbledon and claimed 15 WTA titles during her career. Since her French Open triumph, she spent 12 weeks as world number 1 player. She would become the first player representing Serbia to be voted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

“Many of the women who I looked up to as a young girl are Hall of Famers and to be nominated to receive an honour that places my career alongside those who inspired me is just incredible”, said Ana Ivanovic. 

Flavia Pennetta became the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion when she beat her childhood friend Roberta Vinci in the all-Italian US Open Final in 2015. Pennetta teamed up with Vinci in guiding Italy to four Fed Cup titles. 

“I loved competing and to have my tennis career recognized in this way among the sports all-greats is such an incredible honour”, said Pennetta. 

Moya won the 1998 Roland Garros title and reached the 1997 Australian Open final. He became the first Spanish player to reach the top of the ATP Ranking and won 20 ATP titles, including three ATP Masters 1000 trophies. Moya lifted the Davis Cup title in 2004 for Spain after taking his his second singles win of the tie with his straight-set win over Andy Roddick. 

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