The Polish world number 18 was below her best, managing to land just 56 percent of first serves, but a double break in each set was enough for her to win in just 69 minutes on her Hong Kong debut.
The idea of stringing along rounds and tournaments to at least the quarterfinal was more hard than imagined but at least she had the chance to play some top players and the only high ranking one she defeated at mid season was Angelique Kerber at the first round of the US Open. Was it the added pressure of playing in Japan that did her in?
Then the same thing happened at the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
It might have been "a grudge match", her defeating Kerber in the Open and now Kerber overpowering her.
But the future was awhile coming and when Osaka entered the Wuhan Open she was defeated by Elise Mertens ranked no. 38, another German who had beaten maybe her toughest player of the season-Dominika Cibulkova.
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Williams looked to have the set under her control with her serve looking untouchable, and she was simply dominating play against her fellow hard-hitter.
"Venus is someone I've respected and admired", said Osaka, who had not been born when Williams reached her first Grand Slam final at the 1997 US Open. The Prudential Hong Kong Open proved to be that breakout tournament.
"I'm kind of honored, because I don't think I would have started playing if Venus and Serena weren't, like, there for me growing up", Osaka said at Wimbledon. "I can only give her credit". "Even though she is someone I admire, it's just another opponent at the end of the day".
Naomi Osaka earned the biggest win of her career in the second round of the Hong Kong Tennis Open after she ousted the legendary Venus Williams, now ranked fifth in the world, in straight sets with a 7-5, 6-2 scoreline. Osaka said proudly. The young Japanese played her game point-by-point and lunked off eight straight games over Williams, but the veteran wouldn't be denied and broke Osaka in the fifth game of the beginning set to bring the score to 5-4. I felt like I played offensively. but she had the luck today.
The 37-year-old briefly rallied to 5-2 after going 5-0 down in the second set, but Osaka, 19, refocused after a pep talk from her coach and closed out the match on her serve after 1hr 24min.
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