On day 4 at WTA Mutua Madrid 2021, Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova left the scene. The number two of the seeding, fresh from the first victory on clay-court of the season, was unable to repeat herself against Karolina Muchova.
A decidedly more gifted player, technically and mentally, than her countrywoman from Osaka faced in the first round, Misaki Doi. After a practically perfect first set, the Czech tennis player condenses the vast majority of difficulties in the second and spreads in the third.
At the threshold of two hours of play she spreads and fixes the success at 6-4 3-6 6-1. Despite the defeat, Osaka takes defeat philosophically. Or at least with more philosophy than that of Miami with Maria Sakkari. Speaking of Maria Sakkari, the Greek tennis player overcomes the cut of the second round and reaches the third round from the WTA 1000 Madrid thanks to a very solid 6-3 6-1 against Anett Konteveit.