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Top-ranked Osaka wins in Birmingham

Japan's Naomi Osaka returns to Greece's Maria Sakkari during day four of the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) A day after saying she was "not really that comfortable" playing on grass, top-ranked Naomi Osaka needed three sets to get past her first-round opponent at the Birmingham Classic on Tuesday.

Osaka lost the second set to Maria Sakkari of Greece before recovering to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, for only her 11th tour-level victory on grass.

"I was kind of screaming on the inside during that entire match," Osaka said in her on-court interview. "I got lucky a little bit, I guess."


2019 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 12,715
2 R. Nadal 7,945
3 R. Federer 6,420
4 D. Thiem 4,685
5 A. Zverev 4,360
6 S. Tsitsipas 4,215
7 K. Nishikori 4,040
8 K. Anderson 3,565
9 K. Khachanov 2,980
10 F. Fognini 2,785
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2019 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Osaka 6,377
2 A. Barty 6,125
3 K. Pliskova 5,685
4 K. Bertens 5,425
5 P. Kvitova 4,925
6 A. Kerber 4,675
7 E. Svitolina 3,967
8 S. Halep 3,963
9 S. Stephens 3,682
10 A. Sabalenka 3,565
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