WTA Tour: Naomi Osaka makes triumphant return – Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has made a triumphant return after a two-month layoff by beating…

WTA Tour: Naomi Osaka makes a triumphant return- Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka made a triumphant return after a two-month layoff by beating Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen on Tuesday at the WTA hard court tournament in San Jose. Follow updates from the WTA Tour on InsideSport.IN

The 24-year-old Japanese star outlasted the brave 19-year-old 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in a first-round match at the US Open tune-up tournament.

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Osaka hadn’t played a competitive match since losing the French Open first round due to a left Achilles tendon injury.

“It’s really cool to be back,” Osaka said after the win. “I haven’t played since May. I did not know. Someone told me that. It’s really good to be back.

Former world number one Osaka, whose ranking has slipped to 41st, will next play in the second round against the winner of a later match between the 18-year-old American sixth seed, French Open runner-up Coco Gauff. this year, and Anhelina Kalinina. from Ukraine.

WTA Tour: Naomi Osaka makes a triumphant comeback with a three-set victory in San Jose, find out

The match marked the return of Osaka’s father, Leonard François, as manager. She had been working with Wim Fissette for two years.

WTA Tour: Naomi Osaka makes a triumphant comeback with a three-set victory in San Jose, find out

“It’s good for him to be back because he always makes me smile,” Osaka said. “It’s just good to be back so I’m really happy.”

In the first set of their second leg, Osaka broke Zheng for a 2-1 lead, saved a break point to hold in game four and held from there to capture the first set after 45 minutes with a winning serve.

World No. 51 Zheng broke for a 5-3 advantage in the second set and held the par on a service winner to force a third set.

Osaka broke twice for a 4-0 lead in the final set, denied Zheng’s attempted fightback with a second-serve ace on a break point and held a 5-0 lead.

After Zheng held, Osaka followed suit to take the match with a service winner after two hours and two minutes.

Defending Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan lost Monday in her first match since winning her first major title, falling to 12th-ranked Daria Kasatkina.

WTA Tour: Naomi Osaka makes a triumphant comeback with a three-set victory in San Jose, find out

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