Venus sent packing in Hong Kong

WTA Hong Kong Naomi Osaka shocks Venus Williams in clinical display of aggressive tennis

WTA Hong Kong Naomi Osaka shocks Venus Williams in clinical display of aggressive tennis

Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka fought back from an early break to stun Venus Williams in straight sets and move through to the Hong Kong Open quarter-finals yesterday. The world No. 64 was born on October 16, 1997, one month after Venus Williams played in her first US Open final.

It had all seemed to be going to plan for the American second seed when she broke the 19-year-old in the fifth game of the opening set, but then Williams' first serve deserted her when serving for the set at 5-4.

Though she's pulled off a big scalp before (she beat defending champion Angelique Kerber at the US Open), this is her first-ever Top 5 victory.

"She played well", said Williams, who has qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore later this month. "I can only give her credit". "I've grown up watching her".

But the future was awhile coming and when Osaka entered the Wuhan Open she was defeated by Elise Mertens ranked no. 38, another German who had beaten maybe her toughest player of the season-Dominika Cibulkova. "Even though she [is] someone I admire, it's just another opponent at the end of the day, so I tried to focus hard".

"I felt like I played offensively and hit really deep hard balls, but she had the luck today and could return.even harder and deeper, Williams said".

"Obviously it is an incredible match and it is the biggest win of my career, I am just so happy", Zhu, who is ranked world No. 113, told the WTA official website. Pavlyuchenkova overcame three double faults to win her match in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

After negotiating qualifying, Errani eased to a 6-2 6-1 victory over Kateryna Kozlova.

At the Tianjin Open, there were wins for Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani in her first WTA Tour match following a doping ban.

The former world No. 1 was thrilled to get the win after a long wait to begin the tournament with rain washing out all the matches on Tuesday.

"Four weeks goes by pretty fast and the first match is never ideal", said Williams, who dropped her own serve twice.

"The good thing about this tournament is it has indoors, it's pretty state-of-the-art, and I trained at the National Tennis Centre as well, which was very impressive, so I was still able to maintain good practice sessions".