Venus Williams dumped out of Hong Kong Open — WTA Tour

Naomi Osaka moves onto the quarterfinals where she would face Pavlyuchenkova

This season alone, Naomi Osaka had most of her tournaments end in the opening rounds, second or third and that's about it.

"I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well", the 64th-ranked Osaka said of defeating the fifth-ranked Williams.

The idea of stringing along rounds and tournaments to at least the quarterfinal was more hard than imagined but at least she had the chance to play some top players and the only high ranking one she defeated at mid season was Angelique Kerber at the first round of the US Open. But it didn't happen.

Though she's pulled off a big scalp before (she beat defending champion Angelique Kerber at the US Open), this is her first-ever Top 5 victory. The loss in straight sets was puzzling.

"She played well", a disappointed Williams, 37, told reporters.

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Williams seemed to have started to embark on an incredible comeback after claiming two straight games and retrieving a break back, but vulnerable second serves were her downfall once more after she threw in two double faults at 2-5 down, eventually gifting Osaka the confidence-boosting victory in an hour and 25 minutes.

The 19-year-old Japanese player posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory to exact a bit of revenge from getting bounced by Williams in their Wimbledon match earlier this year. The Prudential Hong Kong Open proved to be that breakout tournament. Osaka overcame Chilean qualifier Alexa Guarachi 7-5, 6-4 in their first-round encounter Tuesday. "I can only give her credit". "I mean, it's kind of weird to hear that she, like, maybe she even talked about me".

Naomi Osaka earned the biggest win of her career in the second round of the Hong Kong Tennis Open after she ousted the legendary Venus Williams, now ranked fifth in the world, in straight sets with a 7-5, 6-2 scoreline. Williams had the first real opportunity to break in the third game when she jumped out to a 0-30 lead but failed to capitalize on her chances as Osaka narrowly prevailed to remain on serve. I felt like I played offensively. but she had the luck today.

At the end of the day it was a done deal and Osaka was the victor of her first successful match over another top-ranked player and over Venus Williams.

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