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Naomi Osaka marks Italian Open return with first-round victory
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Naomi Osaka marks Italian Open return with first-round victory

Naomi Osaka secured a straight-sets victory against France’s Clara Burel in the first round of the Italian Open, returning to the tournament for the first time since 2021. Osaka, the former world number one, triumphed with a 7-6 (7 -2), 6-1 win over Burel, who is ranked 45th in the world. The win was Osaka’s first against a top 50 opponent on clay since beating Victoria Azarenka at the French Open in 2019. The 26-year-old, who welcomed her first daughter last year, is set to take on 19th-seeded Marta Kostyuk from Ukraine. Thursday in the second round.

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka walks across the court during her match against France’s Clara Borel at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Italian Open 2024: Naomi Osaka vs. Clara Burel

Italian Open 2024: Naomi Osaka vs. Clara Burel
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Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns the ball to France’s Clara Borel during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Clara Burel

Clara Burel
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France’s Clara Borel returns the ball to Japan’s Naomi Osaka during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Naomi Osaka serves against Clara Borel

Naomi Osaka serves against Clara Borel
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Japan’s Naomi Osaka serves the ball to France’s Clara Borel during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Clara Borel returns to Naomi Osaka

Clara Borel returns to Naomi Osaka
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France’s Clara Borel returns the ball to Japan’s Naomi Osaka during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Japan's Naomi Osaka

Japan’s Naomi Osaka
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Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns the ball to France’s Clara Borel during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka
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Japan’s Naomi Osaka waits to receive the ball during her match against France’s Clara Borel at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Italian Open tennis tournament

Italian Open tennis tournament
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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, pauses at the end of a match during her match against France’s Clara Borel at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.