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Japan make a winning comeback and prepare for the clash against Gauff

Naomi Osaka: Japan make a winning comeback, set up clash against Gauff

  • 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.

“What has constantly intrigued me about Coco is her attitude,” said 24-year-old Osaka. “By the time I was her age, I would end up getting confused and showing it. I just think it’s really cool to see how willing she is to be really unbiased all the time.

“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.”

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