Naomi Osaka suffered a first-round exit at the Western & Southern Open with a
6-4 7-5 defeat to Zhang Shuai.
Osaka, the 2020 finalist in Cincinnati, misplaced in 75 minutes as Zhang levelled the pair’s head-to-head report at three wins apiece.
Zhang had not defeated a serious winner because the first spherical of the 2020 Australian Open when she beat Sloane Stephens in three units.
Former world No 1 Osaka served properly by touchdown 10 aces and solely misplaced 10 factors behind her first supply.
But Zhang, who’s ranked 44, capitalised on Osaka’s 29 unforced errors to show the match her manner.
Osaka confirmed flashes of her greatest type to stage the second set at 5-5, having trailed 5-3, producing some glorious backhands to interrupt Zhang for the one time.
But Osaka’s backhand let her down at 5-5 and Zhang made no mistake when serving for the match a second time with a love maintain sealed by her fourth ace.
Karolina Pliskova, the 14th seed and 2016 Cincinnati champion, eased into the second spherical with a 7-5 6-1 victory over Venus Williams.
The two former world No 1s had been going through off for the primary time in 5 years and Pliskova scored her third win in 4 makes an attempt towards Williams.
Romania’s Sorana Cirstea knocked out twelfth seed Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 in a contest which lasted two hours and 38 minutes.
Belgium’s Elise Mertens brushed apart Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina 6-1 6-1 to arrange a second-round date with Pliskova.
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