Osaka fell: nobody beat him since Sorribes 14 months ago

Sakkari ended the Japanese streak of 23 wins in a row since the Spanish lost in the Federation Cup, who could face the Greek in the quarterfinals.


Maria Sakkari ended Naomi Osaka's 23-game winning streak in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, a record that only four other tennis players had equaled or surpassed since 2000: Sisters Serena and Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Justin Henin. The Greek also won in two sets, with a donut in the first and a comeback from 4-1 against in the second: 6-0 and 6-4 in 69 minutes.Interestingly, the last player to beat Osaka is Sara Sorribes, who won 6-0, 6-3 in the tie that Spain beat Japan in the Federation Cup, on February 7, 2020, almost 14 months ago. Since then, only two defeats due to resignation appear in the Japanese record before playing, in the final of the Western & Southern Open, where she was going to face Azarenka, and in the semifinals of the Gippsland Trophy, a tournament in which she was going to run into with Elise Mertens.

Sorribes, provided she beat Andreescu, could have faced the world number two and her potential rival is now Sakkari, who had an excellent first heat and also embroidered it in the final sprint of the second, which seemed totally dominated by Osaka. The three-time Grand Slams winner suffered from trouble concentrating or even a headache, judging by how she occasionally massaged her temples. Sakkari went from being almost eliminated with six match points against Pegula, to playing the semifinals of a WTA 1,000.

Goodbye to number one

Another consequence of the Australian Open champion's defeat is that she will no longer be able to take the one away from Ashleigh Barty this week, which she could have done if she had lifted the trophy and the Aussie had not reached the final.

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