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Osaka toppled by Hsieh in Miami Open third round

Osaka toppled by Hsieh in Miami Open third round

Published by , Saturday 03/23/19 23:00

Naomi Osaka crashed out of the third round of the WTA and ATP Miami Open on Saturday as Hsieh Su-Wei exacted revenge for a painful Australian Open defeat with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory.

World number one Osaka had looked in little danger after winning the first set and moving a break ahead in the second.

But Taiwan's Hsieh, who was a set and 4-1 up in Melbourne earlier this year before losing to the Japanese star in the third round, battled superbly to leave the Miami Open wide open following the withdrawal of Serena Williams on Saturday afternoon with a knee injury.

"This was a very emotional win for me," said Hsieh who hit 39 winners, one less than her opponent, with both winning 69% of points on their first serves. "Any time you beat one of the top players it is amazing."

Osaka's second-round win over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer on Friday saw a second set wobble from the two time Grand Slam winning star and it was more of the same against Hsieh, who simply refused to give up the fight.

The 33-year-old will play either Caroline Wozniacki or Monica Niculescu in the fourth round.

Hsieh certainly made an impressive start on the main court of the new look Miami Open, breaking Osaka immediately and establishing an early 4-1 advantage.

But Osaka managed to compose herself and claw back to 4-4 and then broke once again to land the opening set.

And when the reigning US and Australian Open champion produced a brilliant crosscourt backhand to break her opponent’s serve at the start of the second set, Hsieh looked down and out.

Osaka, however, was broken when serving for the match as the 27th-ranked Hsieh regained some momentum and took full advantage of her opponent's dip in form to take the match into a deciding set which was superbly won by the Taiwanese.

In the men’s draw, there was a surprise in the opening match on Hard Rock Stadium's center court as world number 33 Stan Wawrinka was beaten 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) by 103rd-ranked Serbian Filip Krajinovic.

Source: AFP

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Tennis temple really have a soft spot for Osaka lol champion for years to come? now that's laughable all I can say is she's on a downfall right now and very soon no one will remember her as a champion.
Justin Loch Justin Loch il y a 8 heures
Who else can you actually say is playing like number 1? DEFINITELY NOT THAT OLD GUY FEDERER
Justin Loch Justin Loch il y a 8 heures
Ya bastion he is in 2nd half of the draw... With his form he might reach finals again... But I doubt it coz these guys don't ve that consistency.... But form wise he should reach without a doubt
vismai vismai il y a 9 heures
I like this guy a lot. Nice to see him moving forward in tennis and as a person.
Idemo Idemo il y a 14 heures
Auguri Fabio! Buon merito finalmente! 👏👏👏😉😉😊😊
vscholz66 vscholz66 il y a 16 heures
All sports need good health
vanvinhaaa vanvinhaaa il y a 23 heures