Osaka’s streak ends in Miami; Medvedev additionally out

MIAMI — As Naomi Osaka’s 23-match profitable streak neared an finish Wednesday, she paused earlier than serving to crane her neck and research the sky, as if looking for intervention from above.

Then she carried on, and so did No. 23-seeded Maria Sakkari, who upset Osaka 6-0, 6-4 within the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.

“The extra stuff like this occurs, the extra I am going to be taught from it,” the No. 2-ranked Osaka stated.

Osaka’s defeat was her first since February 2020, and it ended any probability of reclaiming the No. 1 rating this week from Ash Barty, who’s within the semifinals.

The boys’s favourite departed almost 12 hours later when No. 1-seeded Daniil Medvedev misplaced to No. 7 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, 6-4, 6-2. Medvedev mangled his racket in anger after he misplaced serve to fall behind late within the first set, and little went proper for him the remainder of the way in which.

“If he broke a racket, it is as a result of he misplaced his endurance,” Bautista Agut stated. “I believe I did some nice issues to place him below stress and really feel like this.”

Medvedev fell to 0-3 in opposition to Bautista Agut, one of many six gamers left within the males’s draw. None has received a Masters 1000 occasion.

Sakkari will subsequent play No. 8-seeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who dropped serve eight instances however nonetheless outlasted unseeded Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“I am tremendous happy with how I dealt with it tonight, as a result of it wasn’t simple,” Andreescu stated. “My physique was giving out, after which my thoughts gave out at one level, as a result of I used to be simply fascinated about how drained I used to be.”

The opposite girls’s semifinal Thursday will pit Barty in opposition to No. 5 Elina Svitolina.

Osaka received her fourth Grand Slam title on the Australian Open in February, however in 5 Miami appearances she has by no means superior past the quarterfinals. She stated could not get comfy on the event’s hard-court floor.

“I felt like I have not been enjoying effectively this complete event, like I could not discover a groove,” she stated.

Towards Sakkari, the one Greek girl ranked within the high 250, Osaka misplaced 15 consecutive factors on her serve to fall behind and blew a 4-1 lead within the second set. She confronted a break level on seven of her eight service video games.

“At the moment’s service issues sort of got here out of nowhere,” Osaka stated. “My first serve wasn’t getting in in any respect as we speak.”

Sakkari earned her sixth profession win over a top-five opponent. She’s nonetheless within the event solely as a result of she saved six match factors within the earlier spherical earlier than beating American Jessica Pegula.

In males’s play, 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner earned his first semifinal berth in an ATP Tour top-level occasion by beating No. 32-seeded Alexander Bublik 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Bublik smiled as he congratulated the No. 21-seeded Sinner on the internet.

“You are not a human, man,” Bublik joked. “You are 15 years outdated and also you play like this? Good job.”

Sinner will face Bautista Agut on Friday.

Osaka made simply 41% of her first serves and paid a worth, as a result of Sakkari aggressively attacked the second set. Sakkari additionally served effectively and would repeatedly prolong rallies till Osaka made an error.

“I do not assume it was the very best tennis I performed in my life,” Sakkari stated. “I simply did what I needed to do.”

Osaka took a 40-0 lead within the opening sport, however did not win one other level on her serve till the second set. When she ended the drought, she acquired a giant ovation from the small crowd, which she adopted up along with her finest stretch of tennis.

However Sakkari rallied. From 40-0 down she received 5 consecutive factors, hitting one final thunderous return to interrupt for a 5-4 lead. She then coolly served out the victory.

“I simply actually loved myself on the market,” Sakkari stated.

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