Naomi Osaka drops entry in Cincinnati against Shuai Zhang

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Naomi Osaka drops entry in Cincinnati against Shuai Zhang

This American tour is definitely very complicated for Naomi Osaka. Forced to abandon in Toronto due to back pain, the Japanese was taken out of entry in Cincinnati by Zhang Shuai (6-4, 7-5). Osaka therefore remains stuck at a victory since she resumed (she had not played between Roland-Garros and the start of the US tour), the one acquired at Stanford earlier this month.

Against Zhang, it was the lack of consistency of the former world No. 1 that struck. She made mistakes, many mistakes (29 in all), sometimes mimicking the gesture she had just missed as if she were looking for sensations. Faced with a very solid Chinese who took advantage of every opportunity (three successful breaks out of her four opportunities), the course of the match was for a long time as simple as it was implacable.

The Japanese had a start, at the end of the second set, to redo her late break while the Chinese was serving for the match. But the reprieve lasted a few minutes before she lost in straight sets. Two short weeks before the US Open, Osaka is advancing without certainty. The last time she had played on American soil, she had nevertheless returned to good feelings with a final in Miami. Since then, she has never chained two successes in a row.

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