Naomi Osaka made to work for victory in Nottingham

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Naomi Osaka required three sets to beat Sachia Vickery in the opening round of the Nottingham Open.

The third seed from Japan overcame a poor opening set to beat American Vickery 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in just under two hours.

Osaka will face Denisa Allertova in the second round after the Czech beat Kristie Ahn from the United States 6-3, 6-1

Eighth seed Camila Giorgi was the first big casualty as the Italian was beaten 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 by Dalila Jakupovic from Slovenia while Yingying Duan, who could face top seed Ashleigh Barty in the second round, progressed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Valeria Savinykh.

Second seed Magdalena Rybarikova from Slovakia avoided an upset as she overcame a second-set slump to beat Romanian qualifier Gabriela Ruse 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

Vera Lapko also advanced with a 7-6, (7-5), 6-4 win over Vera Lapko Jana Fett while Irina Falconi beat Arina Rodionova 6-4, 6-1.

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