Naomi Osaka blames scrutiny over coaching split for Dubai defeat

Naomi Osaka lost her succor seven times as Kristina Mladenovic beat a world well-known for the first time in her profession

Japan’s Naomi Osaka blamed scrutiny following the fracture up from her coach for defeat in her first match since turning into world well-known.

The Australian and US Open champion, 21, used to be beaten 6-3 6-3 by France’s Kristina Mladenovic within the Dubai Tennis Championships 2d round.

It used to be her first match since since splitting with Sascha Bajin closing week.

Asked if she would possibly possibly well well block out response to the records, she stated: “I could possibly well now not. This match is the results of that.”

She added: “I’m rather sure as time goes on you guys will stay speaking about it. For now, or now not it is take care of the biggest tennis files, I assume.

“It be quite of bit arduous because I genuinely feel take care of oldsters are staring at me, and now not take care of in a super blueprint.”

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Osaka, who had a bye within the first round, lost in 66 minutes in round two against a participant who had now not won a match this year sooner than this match.

They traded six successive breaks of succor sooner than world number 67 Mladenovic, 25, held when serving for the match to region up a assembly with Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro within the third round.

2d seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought encourage from a region down to beat fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 and attain the closing 16.

Germany’s three-time Extensive Slam champion Angelique Kerber saved two region functions within the opener sooner than a hit 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 against Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic.

Russia’s Viktoria Kuzmova overcame seventh seed Kiki Bertens 6-2 4-6 7-6 (8-6), whereas American Sofia Kenin improved with a 6-3 2-6 6-4 victory at the expense of Russian 11th seed Daria Kasatkina.

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei saw off Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 6-2.

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