Naomi Osaka will be one of the players who will watch the US Open first round match between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Speaking to the reporters on Friday, the Japanese said: "Of course I'm going to watch it.
I know you all are going to watch it. I think everyone in New York is going to watch it. I'm not that surprised that that happened, because at every Grand Slam there is always some sort of drama. Do you know what I mean? Like, there will be a first-round where it's like,' Oh, my God.'
Of course I'm going to watch it. I know you all are going to watch it. I think everyone in New York is going to watch it." Bianca Andreescu will instead be focused on watching the all Canadian battle between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov: "I think they played each other here two years ago.
I feel like the draws are rigged sometimes because the Canadians keep playing each other first round!" Osaka also gave her thoughts on her expectations ahead of the US Open: "Being No. 15 in the world is crazy. I did not expect any of this to come so quickly.
I did expect it to come at some point because I am a really hard worker, and I am very dedicated to the sport. I did always believe I could do big things. I am so grateful for what’s happening right now in my life, and I’m gaining more and more experience playing these top players and being on big stages.
I was injured for two-and-a-half months right after the Miami Open, and that wasn’t easy. Injury is the biggest enemy for any athlete. I tried to look at it more as a challenge rather than a setback."