Naomi Osaka admits that losing hurts a little less now

The Japanese was eliminated in the second round in Brisbane, but she showed good tennis, good physical form and the usual wisdom

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Naomi Osaka admits that losing hurts a little less now
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Good physical shape, good tennis and the usual wisdom. Naomi Osaka returned to play in Brisbane after a long break due to maternity leave. After the victory against the German Tamara Korpatsch in the first round, the Japanese was eliminated in the second round against Karolina Pliskova, in a match that lasted over two hours.

The former WTA No.1 presented herself and shared her feelings at the press conference, revealing how the defeat is now less painful: "I knew that Karolina would play very well, every time the match always ends in three sets.

The week was shorter than expected, but in the end I think it was a great match and I really enjoyed it. At the end of the match I took a look at the statistics and on break points I could have done better, but we both played very well and I hope she thinks so too."

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The Japanese tennis player, if she wants to return to the top, will certainly have to improve her break point statistics.

The first defeat of the season, however, does not throw her into despair and she comments on it like this: "I experience it differently. Of course it makes me sad, but it's a different kind of sadness, like: ah, I wish I could have done better, I spent so much time away from her and I want it to be worth it.

But I also feel like her arrival has given me a lot of energy. to do well. I think I did well in this match anyway, and it hurts a little less because I know I really gave it everything I had."

The wisdom of Naomi Osaka

"I've learned to get to know myself again, and in this process I think I'm a person who puts a lot of heart into it.

When I play at my best I put my soul into every point. And it was nice to play and rediscover this feeling again. Even though today there is a lot of disappointment, I know that if I continue to train and do things the right way I will eventually get to where I want to be," she explained.

Being her mother made her acquire a different awareness and maturity. A different vision of tennis and the nuances that she didn't have before: "Today I enjoy it more and I understand better that there are many things that I cannot control.

Maybe that ball was in, I could have caught it. But today I am aware that I am facing the best players in the world and we both had the opportunity to win. And then I know I trained so hard after giving birth that now I want to enjoy these moments.

I looked at Serena, Sharapova and the others and told myself that a tennis player's career doesn't last that long, so I should enjoy it while I can," she added.

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