Cincinnati 2021: wins for Barty and Medvedev, out Osaka

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Cincinnati 2021: wins for Barty and Medvedev, out Osaka

In the women's singles of the Western & Southern Open 2021, on the Cincinnati hard-courts, Naomi Osaka was sensationally eliminated in the third round by Jil Teichmann, with the final score of 6-3 3-6 3-6, confirming the negative moment that the young Japanese star is living on the tennis court.

What happened from the eve of the Roland Garros 2021 onwards seems to have influenced her performances: the opportunity to redeem these results will now be at the US Open. In the other matches, defending champion Victoria Azarenka was defeated in the third round by world number 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty.

Barbora Krejcikova instead beat Garbine Muguruza. Excellent victory also for Angelique Kerber against Jelena Ostapenko, while Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova respectively eliminated Ons Jabeur and Jessica Pegula. Today will start the querterfinals of the men's and the women's singles.

In the men's singles, Daniil Medvedev beat a very good Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets for 6-3 6-3. In the quarterfinals he will challenge the player who beat him at the Tokyo Olympics: Pablo Carreno Busta. Alexander Zverev eliminated Guido Pella, Casper Ruud defeated Diego Schwartzman.

Victory for Andrey Rublev, who will now challenge Benoit Paire. Stefanos Tsitsipas needed three sets to beat Lorenzo Sonego. Sensational elimination for Matteo Berrettini against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Naomi Osaka: journalist threatened with death on social media for...

Naomi Osaka still has to make her debut in the tournament since as seeded number 2 she had the Bye as a pass and in the next round the Japanese tennis player will immediately challenge the young American Cori Gauff, number 24 in the world and fresh from the clear victory in a big match of the first round on the Taipei opponent Hsieh, defeated with the result of 6-1 6-2 in about an hour of play.

After months of absence, Naomi Osaka came back yesterday to hold a press conference in the presence of the media. During the WTA 1000 Western & Southern in Cincinnati, however, things did not go as expected and the situation at a certain point degenerated.

The whole affair, as is well known, began on the eve of the French Open, with Naomi who decided not to resign press conferences to protect her mental health. From there began a series of problems for the Japanese tennis player, which attracted many defenders and many who criticized her.

A journalist (member of the Cincinnati Enquirer) asked the Japanese champion how it was possible to exploit her prestige to give up the dialogue with the press, the answer did not come with Naomi who immediately burst into tears and the media in question that attracted the ire of Osaka's manager Stuart Duguid.

This year's Australian Open champion then left the room crying but the next day saw incredible new episodes. Journalist Paul Daugherty was pilloried on social media and also well-known colleague Ben Rothenberg attacked Paul on social media stating that his question had aggressive tones.

In some ways, however, a fiery situation has been created towards Daugherty and in the last few hours death threats have arrived against Paul and his entire family. By giving weight to this question Rothenberg has stirred up the fire and the reporter is now a victim of this particular situation.

The atmosphere towards the journalist has become very tense on social media and several Japanese fans have attacked and insulted the media. Other media have intervened instead in the hope that this situation will be overshadowed in a short time and that the word end will be put to this sad story.

Alexander Zverev Stefanos Tsitsipas