The young American star Cori Gauff got the second round of the Western & Southern Open 2021 in Cincinnati, after a straight sets wins for 6-1 6-2 against Taipei tennis player Su-Wei Hsieh. Coco will face the No.2 seed Naomi Osaka in the next and most awaited match.
The Romanian Simona Halep, one the most awaited player of the tournament, reached the second round of Cincinnati, after a three sets wins for 6-4 3-6 6-1 against Pole Magda Linette, at the end of a difficult challenge between the first and second set, but dominated in the third and decisive set.
Simona will meet American Jessica Pegula in the second round of the Ohio hard-court event. In the other matches of the Cincinnati WTA 1000, out Johanna Konta against Karolina Muchova. Angelique Kerber eliminated Maria Sakkari, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic beat Marketa Vondrousova, while Jessica Pegula defeated Montreal winner Camila Giorgi.
Viktoria Azarenka won against Liudmila Samsonova, Dayana Yastremska defeated American Caty McNally.
Cincinnati 2021: Naomi Osaka in tears in the press-conference!
After passing the first round of the Roland Garros against Patricia Maria Tig, 23-year-old Naomi Osaka was due to face Ana Bogdan in the next match.
However, due to the considerable psychological pressure exerted on her by the press, Naomi decided to retire directly from the Parisian Grand Slam and take a break: for this reason, she also gave up on Wimbledon. Arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Games, Osaka beat Saisai Zheng and Viktorija Golubic before surrendering to Marketa Vondrousova in two sets.
Present in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open 2021, Naomi attended her first press conference in months. However, things did not go at all as hoped: the Japanese star burst into tears after a question from a journalist, member of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who asked her how it was possible to exploit her prestige to give up dialogue with the Press.
"That reporter's bullying attitude is the reason why relations between players and the press are increasingly strained," commented Osaka manager Stuart Duguid later. Last year, Naomi defeated Ann Li, Karolina Muchova, Dajana Yastremska, Anett Kontaveit and Elise Mertens by breaking the pass for the final in Cincinnati, before forfeiting Belarusian Victoria Azarenka.
Born in 1997, Osaka has won two editions of the Australian Open and two of the US Open, as well as having occupied the first position of the WTA rankings for a total of 25 weeks. This year, the Japanese lost in the first match of the Internationals of Rome against the American player Jessica Pegula.
In Madrid she overtook her countrywoman Misaki Doi and then went out against Muchova in three sets. Besides Osaka and Doi, the only other Japanese player in the top 100 is Nao Hibino, currently at 72nd place in the world rankings.
The US Open in New York will begin on August 30th: Naomi will be defending the women's title, who last year beat Azarenka in the last challenge.