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Elina Svitolina ends Naomi Osaka’s hot streak at the Miami Open

Elina Svitolina ends Naomi Osaka’s scorching streak on the Miami Open

The world No. Four swept apart the Indian Wells champion, 6-Four, 6-2. (AP)

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla.— Naomi Osaka’s scorching streak needed to finish someplace, and finish it did on Friday on the Miami Open. World No. Four Elina Svitolina introduced the 20-year-old again to earth with an easy 6-Four, 6-2 win.

“[Osaka was] coming right here into the match with lots of confidence after profitable Indian Wells, so I used to be simply attempting to make it bodily and problem her,” Svitolina stated. “In the long run I used to be enjoying nice tennis.”

Osaka actually had lots of momentum getting into, although she was unfortunate to really feel sick forward of the match. Prior to now two weeks she has scored spectacular wins over a number of Grand Slam champions, former No. 1’s and even present No. 1’s—together with Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep and, on Wednesday, Serena Williams.

I feel I’ve performed extra matches than I ever have back-to-back. I did not actually really feel that drained, in order that‘s factor,” Osaka stated. “I’ve performed so many good gamers, and I’ve skilled lots of new issues, so I am actually glad about that.”

It wouldn’t have been out of character to take out Svitolina as nicely, however the Ukrainian was too savvy.

I used to be serving actually good within the vital moments and simply attempting to play with the wind,” Svitolina stated. “I used to be simply attempting to play good and transfer the ball.”

With gusts upsetting each gamers’ rhythm, Svitolina put stress on Osaka whereas hitting lower than half the variety of unforced errors. Osaka slogged by way of 31 errors, whereas Svitolina dedicated simply 13. The Japanese sensation couldn’t repeat her regular big-hitting winners, placing up simply 20 with Svitolina beating her at her personal sport with 26.

The 23-year-old Svitolina’s expertise made the distinction, and he or she’s actually feeling more energizing after a third-round loss in Indian Wells. She additionally beat Osaka a couple of weeks in the past in Dubai by an identical rating.

“I performed couple of occasions towards her, so I knew little bit the place I’ve to face, what I’ve to do,” Svitolina stated. “I’ve to regulate in a short time with my ft. Right now was fairly good. I used to be on the ball virtually on a regular basis.”

Match level from Svitolina’s win over Osaka: 

Osaka merely ran out of gasoline, and that’s utterly comprehensible. Profitable her first WTA title on such an enormous stage final Sunday was overwhelming, after which taking out her greatest idol Serena was life altering.

I’ve all the time wished to play her. So to get the chance, I used to be simply actually glad,” Osaka stated. “It was type of like a dream. I simply wished her to, in the long run, after the match, simply know who I’m and stuff.”

There’s little doubt that everybody is aware of who she is now. Her new rating of No. 21 will make all of the distinction going ahead after being dealt absurdly troublesome attracts, and her new function as WTA darling is barely going to get greater.

As for Svitolina, she stays a favourite to go deep in Miami.

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Updated: March 24, 2018 — 7:02 pm

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