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Start with victory for Kyrgios and Osaka at the Miami Open

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Australian Nick Kyrgios easily defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first round of the Miami Open, while former world number one Naomi Osaka defeated Astra Sharma.
Wild card entrant Kyrgios hit 12 aces and had no break chance to win 7-6, 6-3.

“Incredible performance. Participating just before the start of the tournament was not easy, so I’m proud of my response. It felt good. I faced a strong opponent today.”

The Australian player indicated that he would not be the favorite to win in his second round match against Russian fifth seed Andrei Rublev.

“But I am full of confidence. If I serve well and play well from the baseline, I can beat any opponent.”

Earlier, Osaka beat Australia’s Sharma 6-3, 6-4.

Osaka gave her opponent no rest on serve and continued to pressure the World No.96 and was greeted by the crowd after the match.

The atmosphere was very different from the one Osaka faced in Indian Wells 11 days earlier, when fans hounded her in her second-round loss to Veronika Kudermitova.

“I didn’t want the fans to harass me today like in the last match because it was a bad memory,” Osaka said in an on-court interview.

The Japanese player plays in the second round against three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber.

Shelby Rogers defeated fellow American Amanda Anisimova 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 to face Latvian Elena Ostapenko, while Czech Karolina Mukhova beat fellow American Teresa Martintsova 7-6, 7-6.

Mokhova will play 19-year-old Canadian Leila Fernandez after qualifying for the 2021 US Open as runner-up straight to the second round.

In the men’s competition, British Jack Draper (20 years old) rose to face his compatriot Cameron Norrie, 12th in the world ranking, after defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-1.

Belgian David Goffin easily defeated Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2, 6-3 to face Pablo CarreƱo Busta.

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