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. "I can only give her credit".
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.
Osaka's run continued in the second set, and she seemed determined to get her first win over the legendary Williams when she let the crowd feel her presence with a confident love service hold in the opening game. "I've grown up watching her. Even though she is someone I admire, it's just another opponent at the end of the day, so I tried to focus hard".
But the future was awhile coming and when Osaka entered the Wuhan Open she was defeated by Elise Mertens ranked no. 38, another German who had beaten maybe her toughest player of the season-Dominika Cibulkova.
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska swept past local wildcard Zhang Ling 6-1, 6-2 to set up a second-round meeting with former US Open champion Sam Stosur. I felt like I played offensively. but she had the luck today.
Each tournament players must say to themselves that this one will be different and ewven though Osaka was only 19 years old, she'd have to get things corrected now or have downfalls later.
"Obviously it is an fantastic match and it is the biggest win of my career, I am just so happy", Zhu, who is ranked world No. 113, told the WTA official website. "In the second set, I was serving for the match, but she played great to win this, and then I came back in the third set and I played like my first set". First it was the Japan Women's Open Tennis where Osaka being in her home country thought she'd have this match opposite a lady Japanese Kumuri Nara.
Zhu will play Hsieh Su-wei in the second round, after the Taiwanese dispatched Chinese qualifier Lu Jingjing 6-2, 6-2.
"It's been a long wait for everyone, it hasn't been easy", she said.
Following two days of rain, all first-round matches were played on Wednesday.