Alexander Zverev out in the first round at Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka and Alexander Zverev fell at the first hurdle but it hardly comes as a surprise.

Zverev has had a nightmare of a season so far with only a title in Geneva and early exits at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and most recently in Stuttgart and Halle. He also suffered stunning losses to Struff, Ferrer, Munar, Garin and Jarry. Today he lost to Jiri Vesely in 4 sets.

As for 2-time Grand Slam champion Osaka, she admitted prior to the Championships that she was relieved not to be number one anymore, as she had not been prepared for the pressure that being number one brought. Beaten today by Yulia Putintseva 6-7 2-6,  she became the first top-two seed to lose in the women’s first round since Martina Hingis in 2001.

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No bees, no flowers but just plain tank top and skirt for Naomi Osaka. Naomi’s outfit is on sale on nike.com and at select retailers.

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Naomi Osaka signs with Nike

Nike just announced the signing of world number one Naomi Osaka.

“As we continue to inspire millions of athletes to chase their crazy dreams, Naomi is an incredible talent to add to our roster and help drive our commitment to inspiring a new generation of female athletes,” says Amy Montagne VP, GM of Global Categories. “We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

Her first official competition in Nike gear will be the Stuttgart tournament, beginning April 22.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” says Osaka. “Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

Naomi Osaka signs with Nike

Karolina Pliskova, Brisbane 2019

Rallying from 6-4 5-3 down, only one game from defeat, Karolina Pliskova battled back to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 and clinch her second Brisbane title, her 12th overall. She defeated  Yulia Putintseva, Marie Bouzkova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Donna Vekic en route to the final.
The first time Pliskova won the Brisbane title in 2016, she went on to make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Hopefully for her, she’ll best that performance this year.
Her opponent in the final, Lesia Tsurenko caused a huge upset ousting US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4 in the semifinals. Despite her loss, the Japanese will return to her career-high number 4 ranking.

Elina Svitolina was the defending champion, but lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich – in a repeat of last year’s final – in the second round.

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

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