In a press conference in Rome, Naomi Osaka was asked about Serena Williams' light schedule. The Japanese player is not surprised at seeing the American playing so few tournaments. "I didn't know that she had physical problems recently.
I don't know because, for me, ever since I was young, I know she doesn't play that many tournaments. I didn't really think too much about it. I know that she plays the tournaments before the Grand Slams, then she wins the Grand Slams.
That's sort of what she does. I didn't really think too much about it." How important is it for Osaka to still be no. 1 after this tournament? "For me, I really want to be no. 1 for (the) French Open. That's one of my biggest goals.
At the same time, I know there are steps that I have to take to reach that goal. One of the steps is, like, playing well because I need to play well to win the matches. Yeah, of course, I'm thinking short-term and long-term.
I definitely am thinking about keeping the no. 1 ranking." Osaka also shared how he gets perceived by some people: "I just feel like it's the way not necessarily how you perceive yourself but how other people perceive yourself, even outside of tennis.
Like people are talking or whatever, and then they would be talking about you. I feel like there's a big difference between saying no. 1 in the world versus no. 2. You know what I mean?"