Osaka accomplishes huge dream in Hong Kong

Venus Williams made a bright start to the match

Venus Williams made a bright start to the match

"Venus is someone I've respected and admired.I've grown up watching her".

Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka fought back from an early break to stun Venus Williams in straight sets and move through to the Hong Kong Open quarter-finals yesterday.

A double fault by the 37-year-old handed Osaka two match-points and the youngster took the first in style to gain revenge for her loss to the American in the third round of Wimbledon.

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. "Even though she is someone I admire, it's just another opponent at the end of the day".

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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. I felt like I played offensively. but she had the luck today.

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.

"Obviously it is an unbelievable match and it is the biggest win of my career, I am just so happy", Zhu, who is ranked world No. 113, told the WTA official website. "I hit a lot of balls and hopefully can play my way into this tournament". "In the second set, I was serving for the match, but she played great to win this, and then I came back in the third set and I played like my first set".

At the Tianjin Open, there were wins for Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani in her first WTA Tour match following a doping ban.

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Zhu will play Hsieh Su-wei in the second round, after the Taiwanese dispatched Chinese qualifier Lu Jingjing 6-2, 6-2.

"Four weeks goes by pretty fast and the first match is never flawless", said Williams, who dropped her own serve twice.

Following two days of rain, all first-round matches were played on Wednesday.

"The good thing about this tournament is it has indoors, it's pretty state-of-the-art, and I trained at the National Tennis Centre as well, which was very impressive, so I was still able to maintain good practice sessions".

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