Linette upsets Osaka at Citi Open

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(Reuters) – Unseeded Pole Magda Linette upset third seed Naomi Osaka 6-2 3-6 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Citi Open in Washington.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during the third round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Linette’s pinpoint serving, punishing groundstrokes and deft drop shots proved the difference in her first career meeting with the 20-year-old Indian Wells champion.

“I’m very happy, because it was really tough,” Linette said.

“I knew that at some point she would come back and I just wanted to keep playing aggressive. And even though I missed some shots in the second set, I just tried to stay aggressive and somehow I came back.”

Next up for Linette on Friday is seventh seed Donna Vekic, who beat Fanny Stollar 6-2 3-6 7-6(13) earlier in the day.

“I’ve played (Vekic) in practice a couple of times and she’s an extremely competitive player,” said Linette.

“I expect a really tough match tomorrow, and I just hope I can play as good as today.”

Eighth seed Yulia Putintseva dispatched American Jennifer Brady 7-5 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against Svetlana Kuznetsova, who crushed Ana Bogdan 6-2 6-1.

China’s Zheng Saisai broke Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure six times en route to a 6-4 6-4 win and will meet American Allie Kiick in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland received a walk-over when Nao Hibino withdrew prior to their match with an injury. The sixth seed will face Andrea Petkovic in their quarters on Friday.

Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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