Naomi Osaka comes back from the brink again!

If round one was tough then round two would be a bigger challenge for world number one Naomi Osaka up against Victoria Azarenka.

The Belarusian who is a former world number one and double Australian Open champion was up against Naomi Osaka the current US Open & Australian Open champion and world number one but her run in Paris continues where as Azarenka’s run in singles has come to an end.

Vika saw off former Roland Garros champion with a 6-4 7-6 win against Jelena Ostapenko in the first round of the tournament and played a strong game but was helped with the 60 errors the Latvian produced.

Vika was locked in against Osaka from the start.

Her focus was unmatched by the top seed with Vika racing to a 4-0 lead and sealing the double break in the first set with a beautiful drop shot winner.

There was a slight recovery from Naomi who struggled again with the amount of errors she produced especially off the forehand but she did get back into the set only for Vika to seal it 6-4.

Vika once again got off to a good start and Naomi’s level did improve as the match went on but the deep hitting from the baseline of the Belarusian once again proved too good for the world number one to combat and found herself a break ahead.

Whilst serving at 4-3 for a 5-3 lead things did get a little tricky for Azarenka falling 0-30 down on serve before she managed to save two break points after deuce but on the third double faulted to level at 4-4.

Two holds of serve followed following a tense eighth game of the set with Naomi now serving at 5-5 to force at least a tie-break.

Incredible backhand winners a-piece and another stunning one from Naomi sealed a 6-5 lead with Vika serving to take us to a tie-break.

Heart in mouth moment as Vika down 15-30 on serve opted to come to the net and it looked like a bad decision but incredible reflexes got her to 30-30 before Osaka engineered a break point and set point of her own.

One break point saved and just when you thought she was to get a game point she put a routine volley into the net…

Osaka stepped in to return a slow second serve and incredibly hit it into the net with the world number one falling to her knees in disbelief!

A third opportunity following another double fault from the Belarusian was saved with a drop shot / volley combo from Vika.

A second serve this time got pummelled setting up a fourth set point for the world number one in a game which has been going for 10 minutes. A backhand down the line following some good forehands cross court sealed the set 7-5 and we would go to a decider.

Following a break with both ladies going off court we eventually got the decider underway.

Naomi Osaka must have found her get out jail free card once again as she got the break for a 3-1 lead and didn’t look back breaking serve once again and serving out at 5-1 with match points until Vika broke back…

5-1 became 5-3 and suddenly the pressure has ramped up…

30-0 to 30-30…

Break point, Azarenka!

Deuce

Match point…

Naomi Osaka 4-6 7-5 6-4 Victoria Azarenka

What a match!!

 

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