STUTTGART, Germany - Naomi Osaka coasted into the main draw of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, beating Germany’s Katharina Hobgarski 7-5, 6-2 in qualifying.
The 19-year-old from Japan lived up to billing in Germany to book her place in the first round of Stuttgart. The World No.46 led a quartet of three seeds and one hometown favorite into the main draw, as play begins on Tuesday.
Wildcard Hobgarski surrended to defeat in 80 minutes, though she had two marathon wins to reach the final round of qualifying. After rallying from losing the first set against No.5 seed Riza Ozaki in the first round, she scored a dramatic 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 win over Sachia Vickery on Sunday in which she saved five match points.
Elsewhere in the final qualifying round, No.2 seed Jelena Ostapenko maintained her recent form, overcoming the loss of the first set to beat Jennifer Brady 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.
The 19-year-old started slowly against her American opponent, losing the first set before recovering strongly, as she did not face a break point on serve in sets two and three.
In just under two hours, No.7 seed Anett Kontaveit also confirmed her place in the main draw after being taken to three sets by Lucie Hradecka, eventually progressing 6-3, 6-7(0), 6-1.
The 21-year-old rolled through the deciding set after being blitzed in the second set tiebreak by a veteran opponent who is 10 years her senior. In the third, the No.7 qualifying seed broke serve twice and surrendering just seven points on her own delivery in four service games.
The home fans got a thrilling surprise in the final match of the day, as unseeded Tamara Korpatsch booked her place in the main draw with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win over Evgeniya Rodina. The 21-year-old and Hamburg native, ranked World No.140, will make her debut at a WTA Premier event, having qualified for her first WTA main draw in Budapest in February.