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Osaka into Rome quarters, wraps up Roland Garros top seeding

Published : Saturday, 18 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 141

Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Slovak Dominika Cibulkova during their WTA Masters tournament tennis match in Rome at the Foro Italico, on May 16, 2019.	photo: AFP

Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Slovak Dominika Cibulkova during their WTA Masters tournament tennis match in Rome at the Foro Italico, on May 16, 2019. photo: AFP

ROME, MAY 17: Japan's Naomi Osaka won twice on Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarter-finals, retaining the world number one ranking ahead of the start of the French Open next week.
She eased into the last eight in Rome with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.
Osaka beat the 29th-ranked Romanian in 78 minutes after earlier beating Slovak Dominika Cibulkova by the same scoreline in one hour and 42 minutes in the second round, as players doubled up after the previous day was washed out.
At the start of the day, the 21-year-old had needed to make the quarter-finals to ensure Romanian Simona Halep could not swipe the number one ranking and with it top seeding in the French Open.
But Osaka's top spot was guaranteed when reigning Roland Garros champion Halep fell to Czech Marketa Vondrousova 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round.
"I have to think about winning tournaments. That's sort of what I've been thinking about this entire tournament," said Osaka.
"Of course, it's a relief (to be top seed at Roland Garros) because that definitely was a very big goal of mine."
Osaka next meets Madrid Open champion and sixth seed Kiki Bertens for a place in the final four.
The two players have met twice before, but never on clay, with Bertens winning at the WTA Finals last year to avenge a straight sets loss to the Japanese star in Acapulco in 2016.
Osaka, who broke through by winning the US Open last year and Australian Open this year, did not survive the second round in her two previous appearances in Rome.    -AFP







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