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Naomi Osaka’s Indian Wells ends in tears

Naomi Osaka’s Indian Wells ends in tears

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Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was reduced to tears by a heckler Saturday on the way to a

6-0, 6-4 second-round loss to Veronika Kudermetova at Indian Wells, reports AFP. Japan’s Osaka, ranked 78th in the world after her third-round exit at the Australian Open, was rocked early in the first set when someone in the crowd yelled “Naomi, you suck.” “To be honest I feel like I’ve been heckled before it didn’t really bother me,” she said. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal pulled off another great escape on Saturday, rallying from two breaks down in the third set to beat young American Sebastian Korda in the second round at Indian Wells. As Daniil Medvedev -- the man Nadal beat with an epic comeback in the Australian Open final -- cruised to victory in his first match as the world’s top-ranked player, Nadal was made to work by 21-year-old Korda, ranked 38th in the world. “I feel very, very lucky today to be through,” Nadal said after a 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7/3) victory while the US Open champions Medvedev wrapped up a 6-3, 6-2 victory in 70 minutes, although he said it “was not as easy as it seems” after he sealed the win on a third match point.