Osorio: his tennis game seems to be going in the right direction

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MONTERREY/WASHINGTON, March 4, 2022 (by Michael Dickens)

It’s been almost a year since Camila Osori won his first WTA Tour-level event at the Copa Colsanitas in his home country of Colombia.

Now the friendly 20-year-old 5ft 4in from Cúcuta is enjoying the windfall that came with her triumph on clay in Bogotá. It happened on a sunny Sunday afternoon last April, in front of a cheering crowd, when Osorio was a 180th ranked wildcard who made it. This immediately earned her a wild card into the main draw of the MUSC Health Women’s Open, where she reached the semi-finals. Shortly after, she was a semi-finalist on clay in Belgrade, then qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon and won a few rounds before losing to the No. 2 seed. Arina Sabalenka. Osorio then finished the 2021 season with a respectable 35-17 win-loss record in all competitions, which included starting the year playing ITF events, and earned a year-end ranking of n ° 55.

After a fight with COVID-19 and a first-round loss in Melbourne against the two-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka in the first round of the first major of the year, Osorio’s ranking continued to climb – she reached a career high of No. 44. A fifth seed and a quarter-final spot in the WTA 250 from this week Abierto PNB Seguros The hard-court outdoor events are the latest evidence that his game seems to be heading in the right direction.

This week, Osorio, a former junior No. 1, has string together a pair of straight wins. First she beat No. 94 Madeleine Frech of Poland, 6-3, 7-6 (6), then advanced to the 208th wild card Marcela Zacarias of Mexico, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

With nearly 100,000 subscribers on instagram, Osorio regularly uses social media to convey her post-match thoughts instead of always being asked to give interviews on the pitch. For example, after beating Frech on Monday, Osorio wrote (translated from Spanish to English): “We are returning to this beautiful place. Thank goodness for this game, let’s go for more in the second round in Monterrey. Then, after defeating Zacarias on Wednesday, she exclaimed: “Go! We are in the quarters! Happy with this game. Thank God, one more step!

With No. 69 Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil, Osorio is one of only two South Americans currently in the WTA Top 100. She uses the experience that winning the Copa Colsanitas to improve her overall game. Whether she received valuable wild card entries in the main draws or, as her ranking has steadily climbed, been seeded in tournaments like this week in Mexico, Osorio is gaining recognition on and off the court. .

Last October, in his last tournament of 2021, Osorio picked up his first Top 10 victory against Elina Svitolina en route to winning his second WTA Tour-level final in Tenerife, Spain. As it happens, Osorio and top seed Svitolina will face off again on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Abierto GNP Seguros in Mexico’s second-largest city, Monterrey, where the Ukrainian won the title a while ago. two years. On Thursday night, Svitolina cruised to a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 victory over the 103rd qualifier Bulgaria. Viktoriya Tomova. She rallied to win the last six games of the match, overcoming 61 unforced errors hitting 37 winners and breaking Tomova’s serve seven times in 19 occasions.

Will the good fortunes repeat for Osorio? Stay tuned, anything is possible.

Barty announces she will skip Indian Wells, Miami

Friday, the world number 1 Ashley Barty announced from Australia that she has withdrawn from the next two WTA 1000 events, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which begins on Wednesday, and the Miami Open presented by Itaú, scheduled for later this month -this. Barty has been inactive since winning the Australian Open in Melbourne in late January.

“Unfortunately my body did not recover as I had hoped after the Australian Open and I was unable to prepare adequately for Indian Wells and Miami,” Barty said in a statement, quoted by the WTA website. “I don’t think I’m at the level necessary to win these events and so I’ve decided to withdraw from both tournaments. I love these events and I’m sad not to be there competing, but I have to focus on my body.”

According to the WTA, three-time major champion Barty has said she hopes to return in time to represent Australia in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifier, which begins on April 15. Australia will play a draw at home against Slovakia.

“My goal is to represent my country at the next Billie Jean King Cup in April,” Barty said. “After missing the BJK Cup last year, I can’t wait to wear green and gold again.”

Djokovic should be able to play Monte-Carlo, Roland-Garros

Reigning French Open Champion Novak Djokovic will be allowed to defend his singles title after the French government announced it would end mandatory mask-wearing indoors and COVID-19 vaccination pass requirements on March 14.

Thursday’s news paves the way for Djokovic, who is not vaccinated, to play in both the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (April 10-17) and Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5) provided he there is no change in the French protocol.

“The situation is improving thanks to our collective efforts,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex, quoted by The Team.

Earlier this year, Djokovic missed his singles title defense at the Australian Open. He was deported from Australia after his visa was canceled because he was not vaccinated.

Yastrzemska, nervous and emotional, reaches the quarter-finals in Lyon

Ukraine Dayana Yastremska reached the quarter-finals of the WTA 250 Open 6th Sense Metropolis of Lyon in France, after the 140th ranked joker defeated the joker Cristina Bucca of Spain, 6-2, 6-3, Thursday night. Next, she will face the No. 5 seed Jasmine Paolini from Italy on Friday afternoon.

Yastremska’s victory over Bucsa was her second in three days and came a week after she and her 15-year-old sister, Ivanna, fled war-torn Ukraine by boat to Romania and then flew to France. The sisters received a wild card in the doubles draw and lost in the first round on Monday.

“Today was definitely a little easier with my emotions,” Yastremska said in a television interview from the field after her second round victory, draped in a blue and yellow Ukrainian flag around her shoulders. “I was able to keep them under control, so I’m very happy with that.

“Yesterday I tried to recover as fast as possible to prepare for my game today, and I’m still very nervous because I really want to win the games for my country. This tournament is very emotional for me. , but I’m very happy with today’s victory.

What they share on social networks

Billie Jean King / Proud of the WTA

Leylah Fernandez / No War…

“Quotable…”

“It has been a difficult few weeks at home in Australia and around the world. I send my thoughts and best wishes to everyone in Queensland and New South Wales who have been affected by the devastating floods. To the people of Ukraine, especially my peers in the tennis family, we are all thinking of you and hoping for peace.

– World No. 1 Ashley Barty of Australia, in a statement on Friday announcing that she had withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open in South Florida.

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