World No. 77 Naomi Osaka delivered a stunning performance in the Miami Masters quarterfinal as she saw off Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins 6-2 6-1. Collins was 2-1 up through the opening three games of the match but then Osaka went on to claim back-to-back breaks and win five games in a row to win the first set in style.
Collins ended Osaka's five-game streak by serving out the opening game of the second set. That was all from Collins as Osaka earned three breaks in a row and won six consecutive games to book a convincing straight-set win.
"I'm glad I was able to get through quickly. I focused on trying to hit a lot of really good returns," Osaka said, per the WTA Tour website. "This is actually my first night match too, so I didn't know what the conditions would be like."
Osaka playing without pressure
Osaka is now ranked at No. 77 in the world and she made the Miami main draw after being awarded a wildcard. So far so great for Osaka as she hasn't dropped a set en route to making the Miami semifinal.
"After Australia, I was training really hard every day," Osaka told reporters after the match. "I went to Indian Wells with the intention to do really well, and then I didn't. But Wim told me, Listen, you're playing really well.
But it's hard to listen to someone tell you you're playing well without having the results to back it up. "I'm glad that, in a way, I don't have a good ranking, because I'm able to play the matches that I need to play.
I feel like I'm the type of person that plays better with more matches, so actually having back-to-back matches benefits me a lot." Osaka will be fighting against Belinda Bencic for a place in the Miami final.