Naomi Osaka loses to world number 25 Maria Sakarri in Miami

Naomi Osaka loses to world number 25 Maria Sakarri in Miami 1

Maria Sakkari makes a statement, blitzing Naomi Osaka 6-0, 6-4 to reach the semifinals in Miami.

It’s Osaka’s first WTA match loss since last year’s Australian Open.

Sakkari earned her sixth career win over a top-five opponent. She’s still in the tournament only because she saved six match points in the fourth round before beating American Jessica Pegula.

Osaka took a 40-0 lead in the opening game but didn’t win another point on her serve until the second set. When she ended the drought, she received a big ovation from the small crowd, which she followed up with her best stretch of tennis.

But Sakkari rallied. From 40-0 down she won five consecutive points, hitting one last thunderous return to break for a 5-4 lead. She then coolly served out the victory.

Sakkari faces Andreescu or Sorribes Tormo for a spot in the final.

This ends Osaka’s 23 match win streak starting last year.

This result also keeps Australia Ash Barty at No. 1

https://twitter.com/WTA/status/1377326715823927301?s=19

Thank you so much for your support today 🙏 I am so excited to continue my journey @miamiopen 💪 Time to recover and get ready for the semis!

Posted by Maria Sakkari on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
She thanked her fans on her Facebook page.
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