MADRID – Second-placed Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Madrid Open when Karolina Muchova won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round on Sunday.
With the decisive set, Muchova managed to claim her third win against a top 10 opponent of the year. The 20-year-old Czech was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open, which Osaka won in February.
“It was a tough game today, but we had some preparation,” said Muchova. “I was ready to play with whatever I had today, using all the weapons I could and [do] what I can.”
Osaka lost in Miami against Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals.
“By the third set I felt like I had just started really badly and I couldn’t afford to do that,” said Osaka.
Muchova will next meet the 16th seeded Sakkari, who defeated Anett Kontaveit 6: 3, 6: 1.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated the sixth Karolina Pliskova 6: 0, 7: 5, while the fifth Aryna Sabalenka defeated Daria Kasatkina 6: 3, 6: 3.
In the men’s draw, the eleventh Denis Shapovalov won 90% of his points on first serve to beat Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3 and reach the second round. The American Tommy Paul defeated Pedro Martinez 6: 4, 7: 5.