Naomi Osaka exits 2024 Madrid Open in second round

Naomi Osaka exits 2024 Madrid Open in second roundNaomi Osaka exits 2024 Madrid Open in second round
via WTA
Ryan General
23 days ago
Former top-ranked tennis star Naomi Osaka was ousted from the 2024 Mutua Madrid Open in the second round by Liudmila Samsonova after a three-set battle.
Key points:
  • Coming off a win the day before, Osaka lost to Samsonova, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 on April 25.
  • The match was a rollercoaster, with both players exchanging breaks and Osaka coming close to victory.
  • The loss marks another chapter in Osaka’s difficulties on clay. She has not won back-to-back matches on the slow surface since 2019.
  • Samsonova’s win breaks her four-match losing streak.
The details:
  • Osaka returned to tennis in January following a long hiatus. She picked up her first win on clay in two years against Belgium’s Greet Minnen on Wednesday. 
  • The Thursday match, which lasted two hours and 22 minutes, saw the 15th seed Samsonova dominating the first set.
  • Osaka, a former world No. 1, claimed the second set and came close to winning the decider but ultimately lost. 
  • “This victory means everything,” said Samsonova after the match. “I was in a really tough situation today after the second set.”
  • The Japanese tennis star has never reached a clay-court final and is yet to break through the third round at the French Open.
What’s next:
  • Samsonova advances to play Madison Keys in the next round.
  • Osaka, along with English player Emma Raducanu, has qualified for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals scheduled to be held in Seville, Spain, from Nov. 12-17.
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