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Osaka plays solid in her opening match at the Italian Open.  Darderi eliminates Shapovalov
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Osaka plays solid in her opening match at the Italian Open. Darderi eliminates Shapovalov

ROME – Naomi Osaka looked comfortable in her opening match at the Italian Open, beating 45th-ranked Clara Burel 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Wednesday.

It was Osaka’s first win over a top-50 player on clay since beating Victoria Azarenka at the 2019 French Open.

Osaka was proud of the way she maintained her mental focus after dropping her serve while serving for the first set at 5-3.