New York, September 3
Former champion Naomi Osaka made fast work of second-round opponent Camila Giorgi 6-1 6-2 on the US Open on Wednesday, in a lopsided matchup on the Arthur Ashe Stadium wherein she confirmed no signal of slowing down.
A dominant Osaka got here roaring out of the gate, successful the primary 5 straight video games in near-pristine type, committing simply 4 unforced errors within the first set and successful 10 of her 12 first-serve factors.
Osaka, who was pressured to withdraw from her Western & Southern Open last final week with a left hamstring damage, walked onto the court docket together with her left leg wrapped in medical tape however confirmed no indicators of fatigue through the match, firing off 4 aces and forcing her opponent into 24 errors.
“My serve was pretty good,” the 22-year-old stated after the match. “I’m really happy with my attitude. I thought I was really positive throughout.”
Osaka, who saved Italy’s Giorgi on the run all through the match, saved the tempo as much as full the affair in only one hour and 10 minutes.
“I’m definitely seeing the importance in time management. I learned a lot from watching Serena yesterday because she was down almost 3-0 but I feel like she picked it up when she knew what she needed to do,” Osaka stated in a televised interview after the match.
Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, defeated Kristie Ahn 7-5 6-Three in her first-round match on Tuesday.
Osaka, who gained the 2019 Australian Open however has not made it previous the fourth spherical of a serious since, advised reporters that she’s taking the match “match by match”.
“I stopped thinking about winning. I feel like I put too much pressure on myself,” she stated. “I’m only thinking about putting myself in a good position to win.”
The fourth-seeded participant, who represents Japan and has emerged as a torchbearer for change inside her sport, wore a masks earlier than and after her match honoring Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after a violent encounter with Aurora, Colorado, cops in 2019.
She subsequent faces Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine within the third spherical. Reuters