Naomi Osaka, the 24-year-old Japanese professional is widely regarded as one of the best players in the women’s circuit currently, with 4 Grand Slam titles to her name, Osaka is one of the most feared players on the court with her excellent performances but is currently suffering for form.
Osaka hasn’t been able to enjoy her sensational form from past seasons this time around, injuries are to blame for her lackluster season but this could be the first season for the Japanese professional where she doesn’t win a Grand Slam title since 2018 when she beat Serena Williams in a thrilling final.
Naomi Osaka opens up about her loss to Coco Gauff
It was predicted that the match against Coco Gauff was gonna be an uphill battle for former world number 1 Naomi Osaka, and that was proven right as the Japanese professional faced a tough loss against Gauff at the Silicon Valley Classic, Osaka lost the round of 16 tie by 6-4, 6-4. Coco Gauff’s serves proved to be too lethal for Osaka to handle and that is where the game turned in the American’s favor.
Talking about her loss in her post-match interview, Osaka said, “When I was playing the match just now I realized that I’ve been letting people call me mentally weak for so long that I forgot who I was, I realized that that’s something that I do. I lost the match today but I feel really confident in who I am. I feel like the pressure doesn’t beat me. I am the pressure. I’m really happy with that.“
Even though Osaka lost the match, she started feeling more and more confident as after missing so many matches due to injury, it is a tough process to make a comeback and Osaka showed that she is on the right track and that she will be on top again in no time.
Gauff after winning the match has tied the head-to-head at 2-2 and progressed to the quarter-finals of the event where she will face a tough battle against Paula Badosa.