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.