Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams and Simona Halep in China Open round 2

first_img Associated Press BeijingSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 19:14 IST China Open: Naomi Osaka of Japan in action against Jessica Pegula (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka won 76 percent of first serves and hit 26 winners in her 6-3, 7-6 (5) winVenus Williams defeated Barbora Strycova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and thirty-three minutesSimona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 11 minutesNaomi Osaka and Venus Williams both advanced to the second round of the China Open on Sunday.The No. 4-seeded Osaka won 76 percent of first serves and hit 26 winners in her 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over unseeded American Jessica Pegula.”I just felt like this match, I was kind of living in the moment every point. I wasn’t really thinking too much in the future, too much in the past,” said Osaka.The reigning Australian Open champion won the fourth title of her career in Osaka last week. She will next play qualifier Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who beat Jil Teichmann 7-6 (4), 6-3 to advance.Williams defeated Barbora Strycova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and thirty-three minutes to reach the round of 32.The seven-time major winner converted three of four break points and rallied back from 3-5 down in the third set for the win.”My strategy is always basically to dominate. Basically, whoever does that usually wins,” William said.It was a promising start for Williams, who had managed just four wins in her previous six China Open appearances. Williams will face Belinda Bencic of Switzerland next.Wimbledon champion Simona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in just an hour and 11 minutes.Halep was forced to withdraw from Wuhan last week due to a back injury, the same issue that sidelined her at the end of 2018.”I was a little bit down before this tournament because it’s happening again, like last year,” said Halep. “I’m really happy I could win. The way I played makes me happier.”advertisementNo. 3-seeded Elina Svitolina came back from a set down to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2, while American Sloane Stephens beat Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3.Also Read | Daniil Medvedev won hearts with humility and simplicity: PM ModiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Venus WilliamsFollow Simona HalepFollow China Open Next Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams and Simona Halep in China Open round 2Japan’s two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka defeated Jessica Pegula, Venus Williams defeated Barbora Strycova and Simona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson to reach in second round at the China Open on Sunday.advertisementlast_img


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