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IBI23: Osorio shocks Garcia in the rain

The Colombian qualifier dealt with the conditions better and defeated the 5th seed in Rome.

Gloomy skies and frequent showers are not the sort of weather one associates with the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, but today it was the case and players had to deal with heavier courts and frequent interruptions. Thanks to warm and passionate fans and well prepared courts, players managed to bring out their best fighting spirits and deal with the difficult day at the best of their abilities.

This was especially true for Colombian qualifier Camila Osorio, who stunned the 5th seed in straight sets. Osorio used the heavy court to her favour, absorbing the pace of Caroline Garcia and putting the Frenchwoman off with constant variations and numerous drop shots. The double 6-4 gave the Colombian her first ever victory against a top 5 player and 4th round in a masters 1000, where she is waiting for the Beatriz Haddad-Maia. The Brazilian had the better of Magda Linette after a tough battle that she wrapped in two sets: 7-5 6-4.

In the meantime, Anhelina Kalinina stopped Sofia Kenin also in straight sets: 6-4 6-2 the score in favour of the Ukrainian. Kenin, who was expected to live up from the great performance she produced to upset Aryna Sabalenka, did not look comfortable out on the court, struggling to play her game. On the opposite, Kalinina executed her plan at best, especially on the backhand side.

Kenin’s compatriot and executer of another major upset in the previous round, Taylor Townsend, suffered the same fate. After taking the biggest win in her career against Jessica Pegula, Townsend did not manage to repeat herself losing a roller-coaster match against Chinese Xiyu Wang 6-1 0-6 7-5. After one set apiece in dominant fashion, the American was the first to break in the decider and had the chance to serve it out, including a match point on 5-4. The Chinese broke back and minutes later forced her opponent to serve to stay in the match, but Wang managed to break her once more to win the match.

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