Madrid - Naomi Osaka said she switched into "zombie mode" in the final set to
swat aside Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in Tuesday's second-round match
at the Madrid Open.
Top seed Osaka was taken to three sets by world number 73 Sorribes
Tormo before the Japanese star stepped up her game to close out a 7-6
(7/5), 3-6, 6-0 victory.
"In the third set, I just, like, went zombie mode," said Osaka, who
has won the last two Grand Slam titles at the US Open and Australian
"I just thought of everything that I had to do to win - not
necessarily the outcome, but just like the little things in between
"The match was basically on my racquet, she wasn't going for winners.
"The points ended by me making a winner or an unforced error. But I was a bit unfocused in the second set."
Osaka has struggled since splitting with her coach Sascha Bajin in
February while an abdominal injury forced her to withdraw from the
Stuttgart WTA tournament recently, creating doubts about her challenge
at the French Open later this month.
She will meet Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus for a place in the quarter-finals.
Results from the ATP and WTA tournaments in Madrid on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Diego Schwartzman (ARG) bt Marco Cecchinato (ITA x16) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt David Goffin (BEL) 6-4, 7-5
Fabio Fognini (ITA x10) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-4, 6-3
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 7-5, 5-7, 6-1
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS) 6-3, 6-4
Hugo Dellien (BOL) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-2, 6-3
Guido Pella (ARG) bt Daniil Medvedev (RUS x12) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-4, 6-2
Naomi Osaka (JPN x1) bt Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-0
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-2, 6-2
Simona Halep (ROU x3) bt Johanna Konta (GBR) 7-5, 6-1
Petra Martic (CRO) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x4) walkover