Osaka overcame Doi’s sturdy begin by hitting six aces and breaking her serve 5 occasions.
A leg damage meant Osaka missed final season’s clay-court swing, and her final particular person event on the floor was at Roland Garros in 2019. She performed and misplaced for Japan in opposition to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo within the Fed Cup in February 2020.
“When I was playing on clay that year, I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all,” Osaka said. “The two matches that I misplaced, it was extra psychological than it was bodily. Like, I did not really feel uncomfortable sliding or I did not really feel that drained. So I’m truly actually excited to get that mindset again and to start out feeling extra snug on clay.”
Third-seeded Simona Halep, who gained the event in 2016 and ’17, beat Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 7-5.