MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – For a short stretch of Saturday afternoon, Miami Open lost two of its major attractions – and only held one-third. Top rated Naomi Osaka lost his third round match, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to 27th-seeded Hsieh Su-wei. In the midst of Osaka's battle, Serena Williams, an eight-hour tournament match, unexpectedly returned, referring to the left knee injury.
Osaka, who had emerged as the best front runner in the sport, had won 63 straight matches when he won the first set dating to 2016. Osaka is also lead early in the third set 2-0 before Hsieh was leveled and then a 4-3 lead she didn't let go of. Hsieh, a fiery 33-year-old veteran, closed the victory at her first point and hit an overhead smash, which Osaka blocked back, and then ended the point with an infinite slice of rattle.
"It's always good to gather a better level in the fight," Hsieh said in her interview on the spot. "Every time you made it and you beat a good player, you feel," Wow, that's all. This is so amazing and I've done it. ""
Osaka, in its typically introspective way, admitted that she had "overestimated" herself in several ways, as if she could afford to turn on and off the intensity during matches and judge how well she has surrendered the pressure to to hold the No. 1 ranking.
"I thought it was fine with that, but I don't think so," said Osaka, who has a 3-3 record since the top spot assumption she can lose. of the results of other top players in this event. "I think more about winning now."
The 10th-seeded Williams, who last won the Miami Open in 2015, was to meet 18th-seeded Wang Qiang in a third round match on Sunday Wang receives a fourth round transition, waiting for the winner between Wang Yafan and the 25-seeded Danielle Collins.
It was the third consecutive tournament where Williams's body let her down before her racket Williams, 37, was forced to step back midway through the second match in Indian Wells, California, earlier this month due to a viral disease. In the Australian Open Quarter Final in January, Williams led Karolina Pliskova, 5-1, in the third set when she twisted her ankle at the match point. Although she had several options for the match, the injury was occupied by William's servant and made her lose all 10 consecutive points in her service game.
After receiving a city in the first round of the Miami Open, Williams survived an up-and-down second-round match against 63rd-ranked Rebecca Peterson on Friday afternoon. She was not afraid of the knee, even though she was struggling with dazzling glare shining on her side of court for part of the fight, through holes at Hard Rock Stadium, which hosts tennis for the first time. Williams survived with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory, but was not satisfied with her performance.
"Just go ahead and really focus on playing better – or not being in the tournament much longer," Williams said in his post-match news conference.
Osaka will play the next WTA tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, in April, but where Williams will play next is unclear. The next mandatory WTA event for top players is the Madrid Open in May, although Williams has not played there since 2015. Williams did not play any clay court tournaments before French Open last year, as she focused on improving her conditioning and losing weight had achieved during and after her pregnancy.
The kind of selectivity in planning that has long been a booklet for Williams' career has increased in recent years as she has focused more and more on Grand Slam events.
In the men's drawing, Roger Federer avoided being a third high-profile accident at the tournament on Saturday when he rallied to beat Radu Albot in Moldova, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Federer, 37, acknowledged some ambiguity on his tactics against Albot, who won the nearby Delray Beach ATP tournament last month.
"He seemed very clear to me, and I wasn't," Federer said. "In the instant, I also began to forget things that my trainer told me."