Naomi Osaka’s path in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 ends in the Round of 16. The Japanese champion gave up, suffering the comeback of the Swiss Jil Teichmann, and was the protagonist of the result of the day.
An unexpected defeat, but up to a certain point, with Osaka in the last days (and months) protagonists more for the facts off the pitch than for those inside, as evidenced by the recent quarrel with a journalist and his problem with the media.
At the end of the match, the Japanese tried to explain her feelings: “I must say that she played very well, in the first two sets I think I played to the maximum while in the third set I was too defensive, I think I did everything possible. even if in my head there is still the disappointment of Tokyo, it is still present.
Few races played recently? I think this is also a problem, but it was my choice and playing a little I’m more confident. In the first set I won the partial playing my tennis and exploiting my strengths, but then I adapted to her rhythm.
Naomi Osaka: “In a way, I’m glad I lost”
My team is helping me to overcome this situation, I always have high expectations but they are the first to remind me of what has happened in recent months. At the level where I am now I could not do anything else to win this race and now I just have to train hard and hope that the results will come.
The level of her did not surprise me, she already played against Coco in Australia and impressed me, in some ways I can say that I am happy to have lost because now I will be able to see what there is to do and work on what to improve in view of the Us Open. “
Continuing then, Osaka declared: “I would never go to a tournament without having the belief that I can win it, I play match after match and I see how the situation evolves. Maybe in this match I loaded myself with pressure and this led me to defeat, in New York I will take things one step at a time and I hope to be able to learn from this match and improve in view of the next tournaments.”