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Hong Kong Open: Venus Williams falls in second round


Naomi Osaka upended second-seeded Venus Williams in their second-round match at the Hong Kong Tennis Open on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Japanese player posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory to exact a bit of revenge from getting bounced by Williams in their Wimbledon match earlier this year.

“I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well,” the 64th-ranked Osaka said of defeating the fifth-ranked Williams. The win comes on the heels of Osaka upsetting sixth-ranked Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open.

Williams benefited from a double fault by Osaka to earn the first break of the match, but the 37-year-old was unable to capitalize. Osaka rebounded with a flourish to claim the first set and rushed out to a 5-0 edge in the second before dismissing the American in 1 hour, 24 minutes.

Osaka advanced to face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinal, who posted a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over American Jacqueline Cako. Pavlyuchenkova overcame three double faults to win her match in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

Australian Samantha Stosur rebounded after dropping the first set to record a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

“I thought I was playing pretty well, and genuinely enjoying playing out here,” Stosur said after her eight-ace performance. “I felt like as the match went on I kept getting better and better.”

Seventh-seeded Australian Daria Gavrilova also required three sets to topple American Shelby Rogers with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 triumph.


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