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By Sports Desk August 20, 2022

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    Naomi Osaka bowed out of the Berlin Open after falling short in a three-set thriller against an inspired serving display from Zheng Qinwen.

    The former world number one battled, but ultimately came up short for the second time in two weeks, enduring a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat. 

    The Japanese found herself a set down following a break point claimed in the fifth game by her opponent but rallied in the second to take the encounter to a deciding set. 

    However, Qinwen, who served 10 aces in the final set, proved too powerful for Osaka to secure a second victory over Osaka after two hours and 10 minutes at the Steffi Graf Stadium.

    Qinwen will play Katerina Siniakova in the last 16 of June 19, with either Jessica Pegula or Donna Vekic awaiting should she progress. 

    Data Debrief:

    The victory for Zheng saw her serve 23 aces against Osaka, the highest tally in a single WTA match since Rebecca Marino vs Caroline Garcia in Guadalajara in 2022 (24).

    Her success with her serving saw Zheng win 88 per cent of her first serve points, winning 44 of 50 during the match. 

  • Alcaraz battles to first round win over Cerundolo at Queen's Club Alcaraz battles to first round win over Cerundolo at Queen's Club

    Carlos Alcaraz began his title defence at the Queen's Club Championships with a straight-sets victory over Francisco Cerundolo on Tuesday.

    Playing his first match since winning the French Open earlier this month, Alcaraz recovered from a second-set slump to win 6-1 7-5.

    The Spaniard started strongly in his first meeting with Cerundolo and breezed through the first set, committing just one unforced error.

    He quickly found himself 2-5 down after a slow start to the second, but in an impressive turnaround, Alcaraz battled back, winning each of the next five games to ensure he would progress after 82 minutes.

    He will meet either Jack Draper or Mariano Navone in the next round.

    Data Debrief: Alcaraz makes winning return on grass

    Alcaraz did not have it all his own way in London, but he ensured that he extended his winning run on grass to 13 matches.

    He saved three set points on his way to levelling things at 5-5 in the second set, giving Cerundolo no way back in.

  • New world number one Sinner survives scare at Halle Open New world number one Sinner survives scare at Halle Open

    Jannik Sinner came from a set down to ensure his debut as world number one did not end in an upset against Tallon Griekspoor at the Halle Open.

    The Italian had to rally after a tough start in his first grass-court match of the season but prevailed 6-7 (8-10) 6-3 6-2.

    Despite forcing a tie-break in the first set, Sinner threw away a 4-0 lead during it, unable to hold off Griekspoor's late charge.

    Sinner soon found his footing in the second and got a vital break to swing momentum in his favour, holding onto it into the third to take the win in two hours, 22 minutes.

    He will face Fabian Marozsan in the next round.

    Data Debrief: Sinner comes good on debut

    The ATP World No. 1 has won 93.1% of the grass court matches played in the last six years: Novak Djokovic 14-0, Carlos Alcaraz 7-0, Daniil Medvedev 5-2 and Sinner 1-0.

    Before getting the vital break, Sinner went on a run of five consecutive points to dig himself out of a whole at 0-40 down on his own serve during the fifth game of the second set, sending him on his way to the win.

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