On Tuesday, Naomi Osaka, a former world number one, went to the second round of the Silicon Valley Classic. Osaka defeated Qinwen Zheng in two hours and two minutes, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. This was Osaka’s first competition of the year after losing in the first round of the French Open in May.
Compared to Zheng’s 72 percent, Osaka won 81 percent of her first-serve points. Additionally, she avoided eight break points by saving seven of them. She only ever dropped a serve in the second set. On her opponent’s serve, though, Osaka went on to win three break points.
As a result of the match, Osaka had three more victories than unforced errors (26 to 23), while her opponent had seven more unforced errors than victories (30). “I have a lot of faith in myself in third sets,” Osaka remarked following her victory.
I’m not sure if it was subconscious, but I seem to recall thinking that it would be difficult for her to break me. Because when I challenged the final ball in the game in which I did lose, I learned a lot. I believe my extensive experience is one advantage I have over her.
It will be interesting to see how she develops because I have clearly played more matches than she has.
A former US Open champion leaves the Silicon Valley Classic
Osaka will compete against sixth-seeded Coco Gauff in the second round.
In their first-round match, the American trounced the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina 6-1, 6-0 in in 54 minutes. In their first-round match in San Jose, Bianca Andreescu was defeated by Shelby Rogers. After a game that lasted an hour and 31 minutes, the American won 6-4, 6-2.
To advance to the quarterfinals, Rogers will take on top-seeded Maria Sakkari. Tuesday saw Caroline Dolehide advance to the second round, another American. Dolehide defeated qualifier Kayla Day in a derby match 7-6(5), 6-4, and will now face fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.
Veronika Kudermetova, the ninth seed, advanced to the Silicon Valley Classic second round. After defeating Camila Giorgi 7-6(2), 4-6, and 7-5, Kudermetova will take on American Claire Liu. In their first round, Liu defeated Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2, 7-5. Silicon Valley Classic Twitter provided the image