Tennis: Naomi Osaka tested by Coco Gauff, wins three-setter in tour return

Two days after an insightful trade with a nearby games writer, Naomi Osaka conveyed a more applicable articulation on the court.

MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 18: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after defeating Cori Gauff 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 during Western & Southern Open – Day 4 at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2021 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

She’s back.

Down a set and a break to 17-year-old Coco Gauff, the second-positioned Osaka retaliated to pull out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday, her first WTA Tour occasion since the French Open in late May.

Osaka liked being tried so rapidly.

“It’s certainly been some time since I played an extreme rival in a three-set match,” she said. “It was certainly truly extreme, however I feel great at this moment. I’m really eager to play another match.”

Refering to distress with post-match news meetings, the four-time Grand Slam champion pulled out from Roland Garros and skipped Wimbledon. She was dispensed with in the round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics in the wake of lighting the Olympic cauldron in her local Japan.

The 23-year-old Osaka is blunt on numerous social issues and declared during Monday’s pre-match media meeting that she would give her competition prize cash to quake assaulted Haiti, her dad’s country. Cincinnati Enquirer writer Paul Daugherty asked how she offset her inconvenience with news gatherings and her need to stand up.

Osaka stopped in idea and, declining the mediator’s idea to continue on from the point, posed Daugherty to rehash the inquiry. She reacted with what the essayist later depicted as the most intelligent answer he’s always heard in 34 years of covering sports.

“Um, I mean, as far as I might be concerned, I feel like this is something that I can’t — I can’t actually represent everyone,” she said. “I can just represent myself, yet since the time I was more youthful, I have had a great deal of media interest on me, and I believe this is a result of my experience just as, you know, how I play, in light of the fact that in any case, I’m a tennis player.

“That is the reason a many individuals are keen on me, so I would say in such manner, I’m very unique to a many individuals, and I can’t actually help that there are a few things that I tweet or a few things that I say that sort of make a ton of news stories or things like that, and I know this is on the grounds that I have two or three Grand Slams, and I have been able to do a great deal of public interviews that these things occur, yet I would likewise say, similar to, I’m not quite certain how to adjust the two. Like I’m sorting it out simultaneously as you are, I would say.”

While Osaka seemed open to during the trade, her representative, Stuart Duguid, depicted Daugherty on Twitter as a “harasser.”

In other matches, highest level Ash Barty required a second-set sudden death round to beat Heather Watson, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in a match delayed from Tuesday by downpour. Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber upset fourth-cultivated Elina Svitolina.

Simona Halep, the twelfth seed, pulled out with a right thigh injury.

Men’s favorite Daniil Medvedev traveled to a 6-2, 6-2 success in a short time over special case Mackenzie McDonald, and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was disposed of by 10th cultivated Hubert Hurkacz.

Both Olympic singles gold medalists, Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic, and men’s No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas all high level in straight sets. Double cross Slam champion Garbine Muguruza and fifth-cultivated Karolina Pliskova additionally won in straight sets.

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