's-Hertogenbosch: Naomi Osaka destroys rival to set up QF showdown vs Slam champ

Osaka's strong 's-Hertogenbosch run continued on Wednesday with another strong win.

by Dzevad Mesic
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's-Hertogenbosch: Naomi Osaka destroys rival to set up QF showdown vs Slam champ
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Naomi Osaka has continued her great start to the grass season as the former world No. 1 destroyed Dutch qualifier Suzan Lamens 6-2 6-2 to safely progress into the 's-Hertogenbosch quarterfinal.

Osaka, who accepted a main draw wildcard into 's-Hertogenbosch, needed just 54 minutes to overcome world No. 140 Lamens in their first meeting. 

From the start until the end, Osaka had everything under control victory and her victory was absolutely never in doubt. Also, Osaka was outstanding on her serve as she fired nine aces - won 88 percent of her first serve points - and didn't allow a single break point to Lamens. 

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Naomi Osaka © Getty Images Sport - Shaun Botterill
 

After ousting No. 4 Elise Mertens 6-4 6-2 on Tuesday, Osaka clinched another straight-set win on Wednesday and she plays next against fellow Grand Slam champion Bianca Andreescu.

When four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka and 2019 US Open champion Andreescu meet, it will be their second meeting and the first one since 2019. In their meeting that came on the indoor hard courts of Beijing, Osaka claimed a 5-7 6-3 6-4 win. 

How Osaka ousted Lamens?

Early in the match, Lamens was actually competitive against Osaka as she routinely held to her opening two service games without a break point allowed to the four-time Grand Slam champion.

But after not a single break point was seen in the opening five games, Osaka earned back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games to win the first set with just two games dropped.

At the start of the second set, Lamens was still mentally down from losing the last four games of the second set. Osaka took advantage of that and claimed an early second-set break to go 3-0 up and also prolong her run to seven consecutive games won.

After dropping seven consecutive games, Lamens managed to serve out the fourth game of the second set and reduce the deficit to 1-3.

However, Osaka remained unfazed - kept playing her game - and broke Lamens again in the eighth game to complete her straight-set win.

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