August 2, 2021

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Maria Sakkari beats Naomi Osaka, ends 23-match winning streak

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Maria Sakkari handed Naomi Osaka her first loss in nearly 14 months Wednesday at the Miami Open. Sakkari steamrolled the world’s No. 2 player 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals of the tournament.

Sakkari’s win snapped a 23-match winning streak for Osaka and ended her hopes of claiming the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings at the tournament, which runs through Sunday.

Osaka hadn’t lost a match since her setback to Sara Sorribes Tormo at the Fed Cup on Feb. 7, 2020. Sakkari now moves on to face Bianco Andreescu or Sorribes Tormo in the Miami Open semifinals Thursday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Sakkari, ranked No. 25, had two aces, three double faults and saved one of two break points in the 68-minute match. Osaka had one ace, four double faults and saved 10 of 15 break point opportunities.

Sakkari rolled through the first set. Osaka then took a 4-1 lead in the second set, but fell apart down the stretch. She lost 15 consecutive points on her serve to lose the second-set advantage. She won match point when Osaka sailed a backhand return past the baseline.

Sorribes Tormo faces Andreescu in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday in Miami Gardens. World No. 1 Ash Barty battles No. 5 Elina Svitolina on Thursday in the other women’s semifinal.

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