Coco Gauff defeats Naomi Osaka at the Silicon Valley Classic, Raducanu grinds out a win at Citi Open

By Sports Desk August 04, 2022

Coco Gauff was too sharp with her return game for Naomi Osaka in the second round of the Silicon Valley Classic on Thursday, coming away with a 6-4 6-4 win.

Gauff – the world number 11 and tournament's sixth seed – created 12 break point opportunities in the match, while only allowing one for Osaka, despite eight double-faults.

Ultimately, Gauff won 41 per cent (29-of-71) of the points off Osaka's serve, while converting 85 per cent (28-of-33) of her successful first serves into points.

Earlier in the day in a major upset, top seed Maria Sakkari was eliminated in straight sets 6-1 6-3 by American Shelby Rogers. 

The world number three struggled with her serve throughout, landing only 45 per cent of her first serves, and winning just 52 per cent (12-of-23) of those points.

World number six Aryna Sabalenka needed three sets to defeat unseeded American Carolina Dolehide 5-7 6-1 7-5, and Russia's Veronika Kudermetova had less trouble dispatching Claire Liu 6-2 7-5 to set up an exciting match with Ons Jabeur in the quarter-final.

Meanwhile, in Washington at the Citi Open, Emma Raducanu played in the longest two-set match of the WTA season, defeating Camila Osorio 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) in two hours and 49 minutes.

Both women created at least a dozen break point opportunities, with four total breaks each as the young British star battled blisters on her hands.

Raducanu will play Liudmila Samsonova after the Russian eliminated Australia's Ajla Tomljanovich 4-6 6-3 6-2.

In the last match of the day, China's Xiyu Wang got the better of Croatia's Donna Vekic 4-6 7-5 6-1, and she will meet the winner between Tereza Martincova and Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-final.

Related items

  • Katie Boulter into biggest semi-final of career to set up highest ranking Katie Boulter into biggest semi-final of career to set up highest ranking

    Katie Boulter is through to a first WTA 500 semi-final after beating Croatia’s Donna Vekic in straight sets at the San Diego Open.

    The British number one followed up her win over second seed Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last 16 by knocking out the 2022 runner-up 6-4 6-3.

    From trailing 3-1 in the first set, Boulter won nine of the next 10 games in another confident display.

    She will climb to a career-high ranking, on the brink of the top 40, following her latest victory.

    Vecic, seeded seventh, broke first in the opening set but then allowed Boulter to hit straight back after an error-strewn service game.

    Boulter then saved three break points to hold and grabbed a crucial second break for 5-4 before serving out the set.

    Two stunning Boulter backhands brought the 27-year-old from Leicester another break at the start of the second, and a subsequent break to love put her in complete control.

    Boulter let Vecic claw one break back as she served for the set, but she converted her first match point with a clubbing forehand after the longest rally of the match, wrapping up the victory in an hour and 36 minutes.

    “It was an absolute battle in tricky conditions, it was not easy to get any rhythm as we are both big hitters,” Boulter said in her on-court interview.

    “I got over the line in the first set and played some good stuff in the second.”

  • Andrey Rublev defaulted for allegedly abusing line judge at Dubai Open Andrey Rublev defaulted for allegedly abusing line judge at Dubai Open

    World number five Andrey Rublev was sensationally defaulted after being accused of swearing at a line judge in the deciding set of his semi-final at the Dubai Open.

    The combustible Russian was trailing 6-5 in the third against Alexander Bublik when he appeared to say something to the line judge.

    ATP supervisor Roland Herfel came down to the court accompanied by a Russian speaker, who claimed Rublev had sworn in his native language.

    Rublev protested, insisting he was speaking in English, while Bublik also backed his opponent.

    “I didn’t say ‘f******’. I swear to God. This is huge. I swear to God,” said Rublev.

    The offence would usually merit a warning in the first instance, but the 26-year-old was defaulted by umpire Miriam Bley amid jeers from the crowd in Dubai.

    It was a controversial end to a tight match, with Kazakhstan’s Bublik progressing to the final 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 6-5.

  • Jack Draper books semi-final spot in Acapulco with straight sets win Jack Draper books semi-final spot in Acapulco with straight sets win

    Jack Draper cruised into the semi-finals of the Mexican Open in Acapulco as he beat Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-2.

    The British number three is ranked three places higher than his opponent at world number 50, but the gulf between them on court proved much greater.

    Draper broke Kecmanovic in the third game of the opening set and repeated the feat for a 4-1 lead, serving out to take the opening set in 31 minutes.

    The start of the opening set proved a tighter tussle, the first four games going with serve as Draper survived a break point to level at 2-2.

    Draper took control from that moment, capitalising on his fourth break point to win the fifth set and adding a double break to move 5-2 ahead.

    He served out to love in the final game, booking his place in the last four in 80 minutes.

    Draper beat both Kecmanovic and American Tommy Paul, who he defeated in his opening match in Acapulco, en route to the final in Adelaide in January.

© 2023 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.