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World No.1 Osaka stunned by Hsieh in Miami

World No.1 Osaka stunned by Hsieh in Miami
By Eurosport

23/03/2019 at 20:34Updated 23/03/2019 at 23:19

Japan's world number one Naomi Osaka was sent spinning to a crushing loss when Taiwan's 27th seeded Hsieh Su-wei defeated her in three absorbing sets at the Miami Open on Saturday.

Hsieh came from a set down to prevail 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3 as her unorthodox style frustrated and finally wore down the US and Australian Open champion.

The stunning upset came after the tournament had earlier lost its eight-times champion Serena Williams.

The American great withdrew with a left knee injury, the second consecutive WTA event which she has been forced to abandon following her retirement from last week's tournament in Indian Wells with a viral illness.

Earlier, world number two Petra Kvitova was extended to three sets before the Czech outlasted Croatia's Donna Vekic.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova finally prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-4 in the clash between two heavy hitters but had to fight to earn her triumph after more than two and a half hours.

Kvitova, the third seed, will meet France's Caroline Garcia in the fourth round. Garcia knocked out 15th seed Julia Goerges, of Germany, 6-0 7-5.