Naomi Osaka rallies to beat Sloane Stephens in return to Indian Wells

Naomi Osaka went down at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, but played against Sloane Stephens and won 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

This is Osaka’s first victory over Stevens in three matches, the long-awaited first-round clash at the Indian Wells Tournament. The two played last at the 2018 WTA Finals in Shenzhen and had their first meeting at Acapulco in 2016.

It was also the first time in three years that Osaka returned to Indian Wells.She withdrew last yearQuote the reason for mental health.

Osaka led the first set 3-1 and 30-0 before Stevens made a five-game run to take the first set. After that, Osaka rebounded and won the first four games of the second set, giving up only one game and winning 6-1 in the second set. On the decider, she saved three breakpoints and went down 0-2 before winning the comeback.

The interior of Stadium 1 was windy and desert gusts continued, causing havoc on the court toss and bouncing balls.

“It was a little frustrating, but it was also interesting because of the debris flying around the court,” said Osaka, which is currently ranked 78th in the world. “It was a new experience because I have never played such a windy match.

“This was very new to me because I hadn’t played that way for a while. I felt like I was fighting for my life. I played against her. I was playing against the wind. It was crazy. I thought she was experiencing the same situation as me, so I had to try as hard as I could. . “

Osaka will then face Veronika Kudermetova.

Elsewhere, Amanda Anisimova passed Emma Navarro in just 53 minutes, winning 6-2 and 6-2. She will take on Canada’s teenage Phenom Leylah Fernandez in the second round.

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