Naomi Osaka. (AP Picture)
ROME: Japan’s Naomi Osaka crashed out of the Italian Open on Wednesday after a 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 second spherical defeat to American Jessica Pegula within the clay-court warm-up forward of Roland Garros.
The four-time Grand Slam winner, seeded second within the Italian capital, had obtained a first-round bye, however was unable to search out her means again into the match after shedding the first-set tie-break to her Thirty first-ranked opponent.
Osaka was enjoying simply her third event since profitable the Australian Open in February and in addition exited within the second spherical in Madrid earlier this month.
Osaka, the reigning US Open champion, has seven profession hard-court titles, however has by no means managed to raise a clay-court trophy.
Pegula, 27, who reached the Australian Open quarter-finals, will subsequent play both Thirty third-ranked Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova or American thirteenth seed Jennifer Brady.