Nervous Naomi Osaka survives early scare

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Naomi Osaka was given a testing workout by Anna Blinkova as she began her US Open title defence, but the world No. 1's power and shot-making ultimately proved too much as she won 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 yesterday morning (Singapore time). The unseeded Blinkova raced into a 4-1...

Naomi Osaka was given a testing workout by Anna Blinkova as she began her US Open title defence, but the world No. 1's power and shot-making ultimately proved too much as she won 6-4, 6-7 , 6-2 yesterday morning .

Blinkova refused to back down, however, saving a match-point on Osaka's serve in the second before breaking her to set up a tie-break, which the Russian won when Osaka sent a return into the net.

 

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