Venus Williams loses in Hong Kong as Petra Kvitova is knocked out in Tianjin – News Ghana

Venus Williams loses in Hong Kong as Petra Kvitova is knocked out in Tianjin

Venus Williams was knocked out in the second round of the Hong Kong Open by 19-year-old Naomi Osaka.

Second seed Williams, playing in her second match since the US Open, lost 7-5 6-2 to the Japanese, who is ranked 64th in the world.

Petra Kvitova, also seeded second, suffered a shock defeat in her first-round match at the Tianjin Open.

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The Czech coughed up eight double faults as she lost 6-4 5-7 6-4 to world number 113 Zhu Lin of China.

Kvitova has now lost five of the seven three-set matches she has played this year.

Also in Tianjin, Russia’s Maria Sharapova registered a straight-set win over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the second round.

The former world number one, now ranked 86th in the world, took just 82 minutes to beat Begu 6-4 6-2.

Sharapova converted all four of her break points to set up a meeting with Poland’s Magda Linette.

After rain interrupted the opening days of the tournament, Sharapova said: “It’s been a long wait for everyone, it hasn’t been easy.

“I had a first practice outdoors, and then I think it rained for 70 hours straight, unfortunately for the players.

“The good thing about this tournament is it has indoors, it’s pretty state-of-the-art, and I trained at the National Tennis Centre as well, which was very impressive.”

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