Tennis: Osaka clubs her way into Australian Open second round
Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during the match against Poland’s Magda Linette. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka clubbed her way into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday night, beating Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4 6-2.
It was Osaka’s first Grand Slam match since her breakthrough U.S. Open triumph last year, which was partly overshadowed by a row between her opponent Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos. [nL5N1VZ0OR]
While Linette, ranked 80, tried to mitigate her rival’s power by standing up near the baseline during exchanges and avoid getting pushed too far back, she was ultimately overcome by her bigger-hitting rival.
Osaka, the fourth seed, will play 21-year-old Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in the second round.
Reporting by Jonathan Barrett in MELBOURNE; Editing by Hugh Lawson
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.