Tennis – Pan Paicific Open ’18: Naomi Osaka Advances Into The Round Of 16

Naomi OSaka

Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeated Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-1 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, in what was her first match since winning the US Open 2018.

The 20-year-old beat Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam prior this month, a triumph dominated by Williams’ rant at the umpire.

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The 3rd seed hustled to triumph in 59 minutes against Slovakia’s Cibulkova.

Cibulkova has been amidst a career resurgence, since achieving the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, upsetting previous No.1 Angelique Kerber on the way to the 2nd week stretch of the US Open, however could not make a mark on Naomi Osaka serve, as the No.3 seed endured without confronting a solitary break point.

Osaka earned an ethusiastic applause after the match, hitting 25 winners, to only nine unforced mistakes as she changed over 5 of 9 break point openings.

She will play either Barbara Strycova of the Czech Republic or Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals.

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