Osaka shines in Brisbane


January 7, 2020 - 10:04 AM

WTA tennis player Naomi Osaka of Japan talks with the media at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 7. JOHN CORDES/ZUMA PRESS/TNS

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka got an extended workout in her opening match at the Brisbane International, just two weeks away from the defense of her Australia Open title.

Osaka defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 today to set up a second-round match with American Sofia Kenin.

The two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 took more than two hours and had 16 aces to beat Sakkari.

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