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Super Saturday: Top players take the court; Local star Desirae Krawczyk opens up; Emotional Osaka addresses crowd after loss

It was yet another stunning day at Tennis Paradise, on and off the court. The tournament is in full swing and Saturday featured numerous of the top men and women's players.

Rafa Gets Tested

(4) Rafael Nadal played his first match of the tournament and across the net was the talented young American Sebastian Korda.

Nadal came out firing and cruised in the first set, but Korda showcased his tennis grit and forced a third set. A third set in which Korda was up 5-2!

But you don't beat Nadal unless you cross the finish line and Rafa clawed back and won the match 6-2, 1-6, 7-6.

1-1 with Desirae Krawczyk

After her opening round win last night, we caught up with Palm Desert Alum and 3-time Grand Slam champion Desirae Krawczyk.

And instead of predominantly asking about her match and tennis, we felt it was a great opportunity for us to get to know Krawczyk. Starting with what sport she would of tried to play professionally if not for tennis?

Krawczyk: I would try soccer, I'm not sure how my foot work is but that would be fun! 

Q: Favorite animal?

Krawczyk: Dogs. I love dogs, but I honestly love every single animal. Dogs, dolphins, those are my favorites. 

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? 

Krawczyk: Love country, I listen to some rap. Little bit of everything actually. 

Q: Do you have any pre-game music that you always go to?

Krawczyk: I've got a few, I've got some Kygo, some country in there. Lady Gaga too so a little bit of everything. 

Q: Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?

Krawczyk: Dinner. I love pasta, I have it almost every single day on the road. Love it, can't get sick of it. 

Q: Favorite male tennis player of all time?

Krawczyk: Rafael Nadal. I love him. Hi Rafa!

The quest for her hometown title continues tomorrow as Krawczyk and her partner Demi Shuurs will face Marie Bouzkova/Lucie Hradecka on Stadium 9. They are the 4th match of the day.

American's Scores

Top American seed on the men's side (17) Reilly Opelka DEF. Lorenzo Musetti 6-1 6-4.

(5) Stefanos Tsitsipas DEF. Jack Sock in a 3-set marathon 7-6, 3-6, 7-6.

And Amanda Anisimova was forced to retire from her match with Leylah Fernandez.

Emotional Osaka Match

In the final match of the night, Naomi Osaka and (21) Veronika Kudermetova took center stage.

Within five minutes of the match starting, a fan was caught yelling negative comments at Osaka.

Osaka asked the umpire if she could use the mic to address the fan but was turned down.

The words uttered set Osaka back as she fell to Kudermetova 0-6, 4-6.

Osaka was in tears after the match addressing the stadium.

Be sure to stay with the KESQ News Channel 3 sports team of Blake Arthur and Bailey Arredondo for continuing coverage of the tennis tournament.

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Bailey Arredondo is a Sports Anchor/Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. He joined the Desert’s News Leader in January 2022 here.


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