Naomi Osaka in Tears After Shocking Defeat in Straight Sets at Fed Cup 2020

Published 02/07/2020, 10:44 AM EST
Naomi Osaka


The defending champion at Australian Open 2020 Naomi Osaka was dethroned by the 15-year-old Coco Gauff in the third round. Nearly two weeks after her disappointment in Melbourne, she experienced another woeful loss at Fed Cup 2020 on the Spanish clay court. 

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Towards the end of the match of her Fed Cup rubber, her mind was not on the tennis court. It was becoming difficult for the two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka to stay on the court. She was almost in tears while serving to stay in the match. Clay and grass are not really her preferred surfaces. And her Friday’s match on clay resulted in a bad day in the office after she experienced a one-sided defeat.

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50 unforced errors from Naomi Osaka

The Japanese ace was thrashed by Spain’s Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-3. Osaka lost opening 10 points on serve and Tormo boarded to dominate the encounter. Osaka’s raw power was nullified in the opening set within 27 minutes.

World Number ten Osaka led by 2-0 in the second set, but she was unable to counterattack later in the set, and consequently surrendered the match.  Altogether, Naomi committed 50 unforced errors in the match and reportedly she almost tanked the match.

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“We knew Sara could make it very uncomfortable for Naomi and she stuck to the gameplan perfectly,” said Spain captain Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Naomi Osaka

Before her Friday’s match, Osaka had just played Fed Cup twice in her career. The first one was zonal in 2017. In the following year, she defeated Heather Watson and then lost to Johanna Konta in a 3-2 win over Great Britain in a Group II playoff.

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In the month of February, Naomi Osaka has not scheduled any WTA events on her calendar. She is expected to be present during the American Double Sunshine i.e., on the courts of Indian Wells and Miami.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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