Naomi Osaka. (AP Picture)
ROME: Japan’s Naomi Osaka crashed out of the Italian Open on Wednesday after a 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 second spherical defeat to American Jessica Pegula within the clay-court warm-up forward of Roland Garros.
The four-time Grand Slam winner, seeded second within the Italian capital, had acquired a first-round bye, however was unable to seek out her manner again into the match after shedding the first-set tie-break to her Thirty first-ranked opponent.
Osaka was taking part in simply her third event since successful the Australian Open in February and in addition exited within the second spherical in Madrid earlier this month.
Osaka, the reigning US Open champion, has seven profession hard-court titles, however has by no means managed to carry a clay-court trophy.
Pegula, 27, who reached the Australian Open quarter-finals, will subsequent play both Thirty third-ranked Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova or American thirteenth seed Jennifer Brady.