Naomi Osaka outlasts Sloane Stephens in 3 sets in return to Indian Wells

Trailing 2-0 in the third set, Osaka fought off three break points to hold and begin a run of six straight games to close out the match in just under two hours. She broke Stephens three times in the set, including at love in the sixth game.

That was a really good test for me,” Osaka said.

Cold winds blowing from 20 ...에 30 mph sent debris swirling around the court.

I felt like I was fighting for my life. I was fighting against her, I was fighting against the wind. It was crazy,” Osaka said. “I’m really proud with how I handled it.

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나오미 오사카, of Japan, 권리, shakes hands with Sloane Stephens after defeating her at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday, 행진 10, 2022, 3월 인디언 웰스 테니스 가든에서 열리는 BNP 파리바, 칼리프.

나오미 오사카, of Japan, 권리, shakes hands with Sloane Stephens after defeating her at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday, 행진 10, 2022, 3월 인디언 웰스 테니스 가든에서 열리는 BNP 파리바, 칼리프. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

오사카, 그만큼 2018 winner at Indian Wells, is back in the desert for the first time since 2019. The Japanese star hasn’t played a tournament since January when she lost in the round of 32 at the Australian Open. Only having played a handful of events last year, her ranking has dropped to 78th in the world.

I keep taking these long breaks,” 그녀가 말했다. “I do need to play a lot more matches and I do need to give myself the opportunity to get more into the swing of things.

Osaka has said she has faced bouts of depression since winning the U.S. Open in 2018. The four-time major champion withdrew from the French Open last year to preserve her mental health.

Stephens, 그만큼 2017 우리. Open winner, lost for the first time in three career meetings with Osaka. The American’s ranking has dropped to 38th, although she was coming off a win in the tournament at Guadalajara, 멕시코, 지난 달.

Other first-round winners were Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, Daria Saville and Tereza Martincova. Shelby Rogers, an Indian Wells quarterfinalist last year, needed nearly three hours to get by Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (3).

In men’s first-round matches, Americans Mackenzie McDonald, Jenson Brooksby, Jack Sock and J.J. Wolf all won.

Christopher Eubanks saved three match points in outlasting Maxime Cressy 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-4 in an all-American matchup. Nick Kyrgios, who received a wild card, beat Sebastian Baez 6-4, 6-0.

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