Fed Cup 2020: Japan's Naomi Osaka loses to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo

Sara Sorribes Tormo celebrates her victory over Naomi Osaka
Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo celebrates her victory over Japan's Naomi Osaka in the Fed Cup

Naomi Osaka suffered a shock 6-0 6-3 loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo as Spain took a 2-0 lead in their Fed Cup qualifier against Japan.

Ex-world number one Osaka lost her opening 10 points on serve as Sorribes Tormo dominated in the opening set of the match at La Manga Club in Murcia.

The Japanese player led 2-0 in the second set, but Sorribes Tormo, ranked 78th in the world, fought back.

Carla Suarez Navarro beat Misaki Doi 6-3 6-4 to put the hosts in control.

The winners of the best-of-five tie will be one of 12 nations in April's new-look Fed Cup Finals.

"We knew Sara could make it very uncomfortable for Naomi and she stuck to the gameplan perfectly," said Spain captain Anabel Medina Garrigues.

In the other qualifiers, hosts Switzerland lead Canada 2-0, while Germany are 2-0 up in Brazil.

The Netherlands v Belarus, Romania v Russia and Belgium v Kazakhstan ties are all level at 1-1.

The reverse singles and doubles rubber will be played on Saturday to decide the ties.

Meanwhile, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams are in action for the United States against Latvia in Everett, Washington.

Kenin faces Anastasija Sevastova from 03:30 GMT on Saturday before Williams takes on 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening singles rubbers.

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