MASON, Ohio — Naomi Osaka‘s first WTA tour look because the French Open in late May didn’t final lengthy.
The second-ranked Osaka sprayed balls everywhere in the court docket in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 76 Jil Teichmann on Thursday on the Western & Southern Open.
Osaka repeatedly punched her left thigh along with her left wrist and talked loudly to herself, attempting to get herself going, however she was emotionless as she shook palms on the web with the exuberant Teichmann.
“I think sometimes the scoreline in tennis can fool you,” Barty mentioned. “Though it seemed like a quite convincing scoreline in the match, each and every game had crucial points and I was able to win most of those.”
“It was definitely a great level of tennis,” mentioned Medvedev, the 2019 champion and final 12 months’s runner-up to Novak Djokovic. “It was pretty hot for both of us. I saw Grigor struggling, so I figured that’s how it is. It’s the same for everybody. Our bodies are getting more used to the heat.”
Former match girls’s champion Karolina Pliskova superior with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Jessica Pegula. Olympic champion and third-seeded Alexander Zverev additionally moved on, beating Guido Pella 6-2, 6-3, whereas Roland Garros finalist and second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas was pushed by Lorenzo Sonego to 3 units earlier than prevailing 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Medvedev bounced again after a nasty fall early within the second set to shut out the win.
“You can’t see this on video, but my racket got between my legs and hit the back of my calf,” Medvedev mentioned. “I don’t know how that happens. I actually have a bruise on my calf. A bruise is a bruise. It’s nothing serious.”
The second-ranked Russian, the winner final week in Toronto, gained when Dimitrov double-faulted on match level. Medvedev has been on the court docket for under 2 hours, 28 minutes whereas profitable his first two matches in straight units after a first-round bye.
Medvedev is the primary participant not named Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to crack the highest two since July 18, 2005. Injuries and different points have restricted Djokovic, Federer and Nadal this 12 months.
While his matches have been quick, Medvedev feels profitable will go a great distance.
“The more matches I can win in these two tournaments that are similar to New York, the more confidence you have,” he mentioned. “Confidence is the big key. It’s good coming there knowing that you’re capable of playing good. Now, I know it’s possible. A Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. They’re tough. Opponents want to beat you. You hope you show your best tennis.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.