No. 2 Naomi Osaka rallies to beat Coco Gauff at the Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati.com

Playing in her first WTA main draw match since withdrawing from the French Open in June, Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 player in the WTA world rankings, needed a come-from-behind win to defeat up-and-coming American star Coco Gauff Wednesday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in the round of 32 at the Western & Southern Open. 
It took three sets, but Osaka got the job done, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. 
Wednesday was the third meeting between Gauff, the youngest player in the main draw at 17 years old, and Osaka, 23. It was their first meeting outside of a Major. Their previous two meetings came at the 2019 U.S. Open (Osaka won 6-3, 6-0) and the 2020 Australian Open (Gauff won 6-3, 6-4). 
At the conclusion of the match, Osaka wore a face mask with a Haitian flag. Osaka’s father is a Haitian American and Osaka has already pledged her prize money this week to Haiti following the destruction caused by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake Saturday. 
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It looked as if Gauff might stumble at the start Wednesday, needing to save two break points in her first service game, a feat she accomplished en route to taking the first set. 
Not long after, Gauff pounced on Osaka’s second service game in the second set and took another break point off the four-time Grand Slam champion, but it didn’t last long because Osaka answered immediately with her first break point of the match.
After Osaka’s first break point early in the second set, she seemed to settle into a rhythm and remained in control for the rest of the match.  
Osaka, last year’s W&S Open runner-up when the tournament occurred in New York, is through to the round of 16. 
Gauff is out of the singles bracket, but she and partner Caty McNally are still alive in the doubles draw. They’re scheduled to play in the evening Wednesday after Gauff gets suitable rest. 
The United States Tennis Association announced Wednesday that Madeira native Caty McNally, who lost Tuesday in the W&S Open singles main draw, will receive a wild card into the U.S. Open women’s singles main draw. 
In addition to McNally, Peyton Stearns, of Mason, who just made her W&S Open debut this week, will receive a wild card into qualifying at the U.S. Open. 
The U.S. Open is Aug. 30-Sept. 12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Casper Ruud and Gael Monfils picked up historic milestones in their second-round wins Wednesday. Monfils earned his 500th career match win by upsetting No. 14 seed Alex de Minaur and became the 11th active player to reach that milestone. Ruud, the eighth seed, won his 100th career match at just 22 years old, and is now 15 wins away from matching his coach and father Christian’s playing record
It was a rough start to the day for the women seeded in the main draw. Three of the first matches on Wednesday saw top seeds fall. 
First, it was No. 7 Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, who lost in her W&S Open debut to Karolina Muchova, 6-4, 6-2. Then it was Angelique Kerber who upset No. 4 Elina Svitolina on Center Court, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, and No. 15 Elise Mertens bowed out of the bracket, 3-6, 2-6, against Elena Rybakina. 
Later in the day, No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka fell to Paula Badosa 5-7, 6-2, 7-6. 
Seven past W&S Open champions were in action Wednesday. During the morning session, two-time champion Andy Murray lost to No. 9 Hubert Hurkacz, ending Murray’s trip to Cincinnati. 
Grigor Dimitrov, the 2017 W&S Open champion, won again Wednesday using a late break point to help secure a straight-set win over Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-5, putting him through to the round of 16. 
Daniil Medvedev, who won the W&S Open in 2019 when it was last held in Cincinnati, had a stress-free win Wednesday over Mackenzie McDonald, 6-2, 6-2 in just under an hour of work. 
Defended champion Victoria Azarenka advanced against Alison Riske, former champ Garbine Muguruza beat Garbine Muguruza to advance, and former champ Karolina Pliskova defeated Yulia Putintseva to earn a spot in the Round of 16. 
Former men’s champ Marin Cilic’s W&S Open ended against No. 4 Andrey Rublev. 


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