- Naomi Osaka defeats Zheng Qinwen 6-4 3-6 6-1 at the Silicon Valley Classic.
- The four-time major winner returns to action for the first time since May.
- Osaka will next face American Coco Gauff, ranked 11th in the world.
Naomi Osaka returned to action in interesting fashion since May with a 6-4 3-6 6-1 win over Zheng Qinwen at the Silicon Valley Classic on Tuesday.
Setting up a tantalizing conflict against young American Coco Gauff.
The Japanese from Osaka suffered a left Achilles injury in first place until Roland Garros, where she lost in the first round before withdrawing from Wimbledon.
The former world number one reunited with her father as a mentor after splitting from Wim Fissette and showed she had found full well-being in her triumph at the WTA 500 event in San Jose, California.
“My closest companions are from here. So I was in the field and I was in class afterwards. I kind of feel like a close one,” Osaka, who is now down to 41st in the standings, said on the pitch.
“It’s great to be back, I haven’t played since May. I didn’t understand that, but someone told me.
Next up for Osaka, who won the US Open in 2018 and 2020, will be 18-year-old Gauff, who advanced to the second round with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina.
“She’s been on the Tour for a while and I think people have no idea because of how young she is. She works every year, so I think she’s learning a lot and that’s inevitable before that. won’t win a Grand Slam.
Gauff is ranked eleventh on the planet and made her lady the last Grand Slam in Paris this year.
“One way or another, win or lose, I feel the match will be perfect,” said the American.
“She’s particularly champion, here and there on the pitch, so I guess those are the kind of individuals you need to play, and I plan to play those games.”