Publicado: Sol, Marcha 11, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Maria Sharapova Upset by Naomi Osaka in First Round at Indian Wells

Maria Sharapova Upset by Naomi Osaka in First Round at Indian Wells

Maria Sharapova continued to struggle to find form this season.

Overcoming Russian Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the First Round of Indian Wells, Japanese Naomi Osaka said that she was honoured to play the former World No.1. Overwhelming unforced errors saw the pressure of serving to stay in the set being too much for Sharapova, and Osaka ultimately took advantage and took the first set 6-4 after 45 minutes of play.

Sharapova, a two-time victor in the California desert, was one of the event's major attractions after missing the last two editions, owing to her 15-month doping ban.

Osaka easily won 6-4, 6-4 against the five-time Grand Slam victor, who until recently was the highest paid female athlete in the world.

The 2011 US Open champion dropped the first set and was broken four times during her 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday over Lauren Davis.

Anisimova, the junior women's U.S. Open champion, was stronger than the 32-year-old Parmentier in every facet of the game on the slow hard court in Indian Wells.

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"That hasn't really given me the type of playing match rhythm that I really wanted".

"The biggest thing is being tough mentally".

"It's obviously frustrating to lose these types of matches that you get ready for and you want to win, but it's part of the process, I realise that".

She will face Russia's 23rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round.

Former world number five Bouchard was outclassed by 100th-ranked Vickery in her first match since reaching a settlement with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) over a locker room fall during the 2015 U.S. Open.

Osaka then managed to hold for 5-4 before breaking her opponent for the fifth and final time as Sharapova found the net to hand Osaka the second set and the match.

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