Naomi Osaka believes that her straight-set win over Serena Williams in the US Open final helped her gain confidence. Speaking to reporters after her win over Anastasija Sevastova at the Brisbane International, the Japanese player said: "I feel like right now I'm really confident in myself, and I feel like the off season training that I've been doing is really paying off.
And I'm not sure if I would have had the same feeling six months ago. Six months ago I didn't win the US Open. I was having a really bad clay season. So probably not." On her win over Sevastova, Osaka added: "For me, I just really wanted to play this match knowing that I would have long rallies and knowing that she would be hitting tricky shots.
So for me, this match was really important because I think that I can handle power players pretty well. But for me it was always harder to hit against people like her, because I don't really know what's coming next.
So I think that this match was a good confidence booster. I felt pretty calm the entire match, except for like, you know, the end of the first set. Nobody saw that. But yeah, I mean, I think maybe a few months ago I wouldn't have been able to be that calm.
I think that that comes with experience, though, because I sort of know what could potentially come next. So I'm not that scared or threatened. Yeah." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title