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Osaka beaten in first match since Australian Open

Naomi Osaka

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.

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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.

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“Beating the No 1 is always special.”

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