Dominika Cibulkova

US Open champion Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan

Naomi Osaka's homecoming couldn't have gone much better.

Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka impressed her Japanese fans Wednesday with a powerful 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.

Osaka was in control of the second-round match from the outset, breaking Cibulkova's serve in the first game at a sold-out Tachikawa Arena.

"My first match (since the U.S. Open) in Tokyo felt really special," Osaka said. "I didn't really feel pressure, I felt more excitement because I knew that a lot of people were watching this match. I felt really grateful.

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