Naomi Osaka Advances As Coco Gauff, Ons Jabeur Dumped Out Of Qatar Open


Naomi Osaka reached the last 16 of the Qatar Open on Tuesday, but Coco Gauff and Ons Jabeur crashed out of the second round with straight-set defeats. Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka defeated Croatia's Petra Martic 6-3, 7-6 (11/9) and continued her return from maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter in July. Osaka took control with a break in the fourth game of the opening set. She broke twice more in the second set – losing serve on both sides – but missed the chance to end the match at 5–4.

Martic threatened to force a third set after winning the first four points of the tie-break, but Osaka then saved four set points before her opponent double-faulted on match point.

This is the first WTA tournament in almost two years in which Osaka has won two matches in a row. She will face Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who defeated fourth seed Jabeur 6-3, 6-2.

Tsurenko won nine consecutive games after trailing 3–1 in the first set, recording her first win over a top-10 player in five years.

Jabeur has faced a difficult start to the year. He admitted that he is still troubled by the right knee problem that affected him in Abu Dhabi.

“Definitely a lot better than last week, but unfortunately it's still there,” Jabeur said.

“It won't get better in two or three days, but I'm trying my best to get it right, and I think it's going to be very positive for the next weeks.”

World number three Gauff lost her opening match to Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-4, the first time she has failed to reach the quarter-finals of a tournament since Wimbledon last year.

US Open champion Gauff lost serve six times in an error-filled performance, taking a 4–0 lead in the second set.

Siniakova will face Danielle Collins in the last 16.

Third seed Elena Rybakina defeated Zhu Lin of China 6-2, 6-1. She will face America's Emma Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.

Earlier on Tuesday, Australian Open runner-up Zheng Qianwen fought back to beat Magda Linette 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in her first match since losing to Aryna Sabalenka in the Melbourne final.

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