Osaka Dominates Svitolina, Sets Up Garcia Rematch in Miami

Osaka Dominates Svitolina, Sets Up Garcia Rematch in Miami

Naomi Osaka’s resurgence continued at the Miami Open on Saturday as she dispatched Elina Svitolina in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5). The former world No. 1 displayed her best tennis of the year, showcasing her power and precision.

Osaka, who is making her return from maternity leave, has been steadily improving with each match. She credited her coach, Wim Fissette, for helping her regain her form. “I’m definitely feeling more confident and comfortable on the court,” Osaka said. “I’m just trying to take it one match at a time and see how far I can go.”

Against Svitolina, Osaka’s strategy was clear: dictate the rallies and go for winners. She used her powerful serve and groundstrokes to keep Svitolina on the defensive. The Ukrainian fought back in the second set, but Osaka remained composed and closed out the match in a tiebreak.

Osaka’s victory sets up a fourth-round clash with Caroline Garcia, who she has faced three times this year. Osaka leads their head-to-head 2-1, but Garcia won their most recent encounter at the Australian Open.

“She’s an amazing player,” Osaka said of Garcia. “Every match we play is really difficult. It’s just going to be interesting playing on these courts because I really like these hard courts.”

Osaka’s performance in Miami is a promising sign for her return to the top of the women’s game. She is clearly enjoying herself on the court and is playing with a renewed sense of purpose. If she can continue to improve, she will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming Grand Slams.