Naomi Osaka: "I wanted to be like Ashleigh Barty!"

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Naomi Osaka: "I wanted to be like Ashleigh Barty!"

Naomi Osaka came back to win in Miami, overcoming the Australian Astra Sharma in the first round of the competition. An important success for the Japanese, especially from her moral point of view, which has definitely put her to the test in recent seasons.

The 24-year-old girl, who has sunk into the WTA world ranking after the Australian Open, is trying to return to the top of her psychophysical condition and level of play, given the moment of great balance in women's tennis.

Continuity seems to be the aspect that the native of the city of Osaka must improve as soon as possible to find herself once again in vogue. In recent weeks Osaka has become the protagonist of a new unpleasant episode, which in the end cost her the defeat on the field with the Russian Kudermetova: a spectator heavily insulted her from the stands, the player burst into tears and in the end lost his match with a clear score of 6-0, 6-4.

In the press conference Naomi told the current feelings after her debut victory in Florida: "Honestly I thought it was a very tough game, it also seemed very physical. At first I tried to put a lot of pressure on her tennis and that's how I got a advantage so quick.

After that I think she put her game in order, but I managed to stay focused and win. I would say that I am happy that I was able to resume my tennis when I needed it," she commented. On Ashleigh Barty's retirement: "I saw the news this morning and it made me really sad.

I can't say we're friends, I'd say we're more acquaintances. kind to the whole world. I wanted to be a little bit more like her and I wanted to feel the same way she feels now: she left everything on the court and has no regrets.

A part of me thinks that everything I will do from now on is some kind of bonus, on which I shouldn't stress the results so much and focus on the energy I'm giving to the world, but at the same time I'm a very competitive person, so it's clear that if I lose in the second round I'll get angry. However, I feel that the world is constantly changing and that every day is a new adventure," she concluded.