Sunday at Madrid Open in PHOTOS: Osaka, Pliskova upset in second round

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After Saturday’s first half of second-round action at the Mutua Madrid Open, Sunday’s schedule featured the remaining matches that defined the third-round pairs. Let’s do a recap and share the best photos taken by Jimmie48.

Naomi Osaka of Japan
Naomi Osaka of Japan

Not surprisingly, Naomi Osaka fell to Karolina Muchova in the second round. A master of hardcourts, Osaka is still perfecting her game on clay, while Muchova is always a tricky opponent.

Naomi Osaka of Japan
Naomi Osaka of Japan

The 24-year-old Muchova eased through the deciding set to win 6-4 3-6 6-1 and capture her third victory over a Top 10 player this season. The Czech is playing Madrid on a career-high ranking of No.20.

Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic
Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic

Even though she recorded this big victory, Muchova says that she’s still not 100% healed after taking the last two months to heal an abdominal injury.

I’m getting used to play again matches match by match and regenerate and recover better. I feel like I’m close.

When it comes to fashion, Adidas-clad Muchova is wearing the Prime Dope Dye Dress.

Maria Sakkari of Greece
Maria Sakkari of Greece

In the third round, Muchova will face Maria Sakkari, as the 16th seed defeated Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-1 on Sunday. The Greek is also an Adidas player, promoting the Prime Dope Dye Y-Tank and Skirt from the new highly sustainable collection marked by iridescent hues.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia

Entering Madrid after a runner-up finish last week at Stuttgart, fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka hit 40 winners to defeat Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-3. In the third round, Sabalenka will play Jessica Pegula, as the American received a walkover when Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of a low back injury.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus

Kasatkina was looking for her first win over a Top 10 opponent since defeating No.2 Caroline Wozniacki at 2018 Roland Garros.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia
Daria Kasatkina of Russia

Karolina Pliskova was upset by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0 7-5. The world No.41 Pavlyuchenkova recorded 20 winners to 14 unforced errors and broke her sixth-seeded opponent five times.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia

The former top-ranked Pliskova has now lost her last two encounters with Pavlyuchenkova, having defeated the Russian the first six times they met.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic

Pavlyuchenkova’s third-round opponent will be 11th seed Jennifer Brady, who needed just 66 minutes to beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-1 6-2.

Simona Halep of Romania
Simona Halep of Romania

Third seed Simona Halep encountered late resistance by Zheng Saisai before prevailing 6-0 6-4.

Saisai Zheng of China
Saisai Zheng of China

In the last match on Sunday, 13th seed Elise Mertens got past Elena Rybakina in a tight two-setter, 7-6(4) 7-5.

Elise Mertens of Belgium
Elise Mertens of Belgium

The Mutua Madrid Open continues on Monday with four third-round matches on the schedule. The main one is the encounter of two latest Roland Garros champions, Iga Swiatek and Ashleigh Barty.

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