Osaka Loses First Match as World Number One

Osaka Loses First Match as World Number One
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Osaka Loses First Match as World Number One

By: Francis Joseph

Naomi Osaka endured a tough start to life as world number one as she was dumped out of the Dubai Tennis Championships by Kristina Mladenovic.

The 21-year-old climbed to the top of the rankings for the first time after winning a second consecutive grand slam title at theAustralian Open at the start of the year, yether form deserted her as she returned to action on Tuesday.

Playing without a full-time coach following Sascha Bajin’s departure – instead aided by Japan Tennis Association trainer Masashi Yoshikawa – Osaka floundered early on and could not recover.

Mladenovic ran out a 6-3 6-3 winner and upset the assembled Japanese fans who witnessed a surprisingly flat performance from the evening’s star attraction.

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