Naomi Osaka stumbled badly in her first match since winning the Australian Open as the world No 1 went down in a flurry of errors to exit the Dubai Championships yesterday.
Dubai-based Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the third round as Osaka made 25 unforced errors.
The rout, which featured seven breaks of the Osaka serve, took barely an hour, sending Mladenovic into today’s contest with Carla Suarez Navarro.
“This is my home tournament, I live here,” world number 67 Mladenovic said. “It’s great to get a win like this in front of a big crowd.
“Beating the No 1 is always special.”
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