No. 1 Osaka loses in 3rd round at Miami Open

Elena Summers
March 27, 2019

A loss Saturday by top-ranked Naomi Osaka opened the door for Halep to reclaim the top ranking if she reaches the final.

It was the first time in 64 matches that Osaka lost after winning the first set. "It was an awesome experience to play at the Hard Rock Stadium this year and I would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an incredible event".

Hsieh took the first set off Osaka in Melbourne and looked on course to do the same in Miami as she opened up a 4-1 lead, with variations keeping her rival guessing.

Federer next faces 103rd-ranked Serbian Filip Krajinovic, who beat three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5). All the times I played her went to three sets.

"I was kind of immature because I was thinking too much, like everything was on my racquet, " admitted Osaka. She turned pro in 2001 and has three other victories over top-five players, including an upset of No. 1 Simona Halep at Wimbledon past year.

"It's unusual for me, I got ahead of myself".


Seeded losers on the men's side included No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 21 Diego Schwartzman, No. 26 Guido Pella, No. 30 Stan Wawrinka and No. 31 Steve Johnson.

Once again, the Taiwanese player, who knocked out the then world number one Simona Halep at Wimbledon a year ago, demonstrated her range of clever shot-making against a much more powerful opponent to end a remarkable sequence of success from Osaka.

Earlier, world number two Petra Kvitova needed three sets and more than two and a half hours to beat Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-4 3-6 6-4 in a clash of heavy hitters. "I was thinking about it right after I lost". But, honestly, she has the ability to make winners when she wants to, as well.

In a short stretch on Saturday afternoon, the women's draw of the Miami Open lost its two biggest attractions - though only one was playing.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka safely advanced to the third round, but Kei Nishikori was sent packing as the two players from Japan completed their opening matches at the Miami Open on Friday. I don't think that I underestimated her, but maybe today I overestimate myself. Williams, 37, still hasn't won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom.

It was the 10th-seeded American's first time on court since retiring during her third-round match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with an illness earlier this month.

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