Osaka’s winning streak comes to an end

Naomi Osaka’s winning streak came to an end after the Japanese player was knocked out by world number four Elina Svitolina at the Miami Open.

Indian Wells champion Osaka had claimed eight consecutive victories – beating Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep and earlier this week Serena Williams.

But that run was halted by Svitolina, who earned a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win in the second round of the tournament.

“I think I’ve played more matches than I ever have back-to-back. I didn’t really feel that tired, so that’s a good thing,” Osaka said.

“I’ve played so many good players, and I’ve experienced a lot of new things, so I’m really happy about that.”

Elsewhere, Venus Williams showed her battling powers at the age of 37 after knocking out qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5, 6-4.

Williams trailed in both sets to the Russian, but won five successive games to take the first from 2-5 down and then won six out of seven games in the second after falling 0-3 down.

The American will now come up against 29th seed Kiki Bertens, who beat Varvara Lepchenko 5-7, 7-6, 6-1.

Ninth seed Petra Kvitova emerged victorious in a three-set thriller 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, while Johanna Konta showed signs of getting back to form by beating Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-3.

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