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Osaka battles into last 16 of US Open

Osaka sails into third round as Giorgi beaten Naomi Osaka of Japan wears a mask with the name Elijah Mc Clain on it following her win over Camila Giorgi of Italy at the US OpenMore
Noah Ferguson | 04 September, 2020, 23:22

She swept Giorgi and outlasted Kostyuk with that hamstring wrapped. In posts on Instagram and Twitter, Osaka said she was opting out of the match to protest the August 23 shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old who was left paralyzed from the waist down after police shot him multiple times in front of his young children in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The fourth seed held comfortably to seal a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 victory.

In the previous round, Garcia upset top-seeded Karolina Pliskova.

"My serve was pretty good", the 22-year-old said after the match.

Meanwhile, a 6-3 6-4 win for Angelique Kerber over Ann Li means that she has moved into the round of 16 without dropping a set.

Osaka, who has a Haitian father and Japanese mother, was born in Japan, grew up in the US and represents Japan, won the rescheduled semifinal.

Naomi Osaka of Japan hits the ball against Camila Giorgi of Italy on day three of the 2020 US Open.

When the second set ended with Osaka missing a backhand return, she flung her racket away.

An Osaka win on Friday would be a great chance for the family to give the "virtual player's box" another try. She has been ranked No. 1 and is seeded fourth at Flushing Meadows.

Earlier in the day, Petra Martic was the first player to progress into the fourth round of the women's draw, with a victory over Varvara Gracheva.

Instead, Gracheva made 33 unforced errors and Martic capitalised on them to prevail 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 27 minutes.

She had previously worn a mask honouring Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police officers who burst into her apartment in March, at her first-round match on Monday, and said she had seven different masks with her at the tournament.

Martic now will try to get to the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career after reaching that stage at last year's French Open.

This came just days after Osaka sat out an August 27 match she was scheduled to play.

Osaka was unsure what to expect at the U.S. Open given the short turnaround.

Naomi Osaka has performed aggressively since the very beginning. She next faces Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine in the third round.

After rain Thursday night suspended play on the courts without a roof, the weather is much better - sunny with the temperature around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (a little above 25 Celsius).

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