WTA Miami Open, 3rd Round Preview for Sunday: Timea Babos v Naomi Osaka

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In a section of that draw that has lost both seeds, Timea Babos and Naomi Osaka will be battling for a spot in the last 16 of the Miami Open. This match-up is strangely compelling to me so iā€™m going all out with a preview! šŸ˜€

Babos enjoyed a big win on Friday, taking out last weekā€™s Indian Wells semi-finalist, Karolina Pliskova, 5-7 6-2 7-6(0). Babos failed on three occasions to wrap up the match, unable to serve it out at *5-2, *5-4 and *6-5. However, in a rather strange twist, Babos thenĀ scored aĀ tiebreak bagel to record her first ever win over PliskovaĀ in four matches.

BabosĀ has hadĀ an encouraging year up till now, reaching the semi-finals of Shenzhen, the quarter-finals of St. Petersburg and the third round in Doha. Her year stalled somewhat in the last two tournaments with first round losses in Monterrey (to Polona Hercog, 3-6 2-6) and Indianā€¦

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