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Osaka finds footing on Madrid clay; Halep rolls

MADRID — Second-seeded Naomi Osaka made her return to clay to beat Misaki Doi 7-5, 6-2 within the first spherical of the Madrid Open on Friday.

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.”

Osaka, the US Open and Australian Open champion, subsequent performs Karolina Muchova after the Czech beat Qiang Wang 6-1, 6-3.

Third-seeded Simona Halep, who gained the event in 2016 and ’17, beat Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 7-5.

Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova fought again to oust Cori Gauff 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, whereas Daria Kasatkina wanted three match factors to see off Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1).

Jennifer Brady beat Venus Williams 6-2, 6-4 after breaking her serve six occasions.

Maria Sakkari roared again after shedding the primary seven video games of her match in opposition to Amanda Anisimova to win 0-6, 6-1, 6-4.

In different matches, Daria Kasatkina wanted three match factors to see off Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), and fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka defeated Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-2.

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