Naomi Osaka spoke to CGTN about the ups and downs she had this year. The Japanese won two big titles, the Australian Open in January and the China Open in Beijing last week. The former world No. 1 said: "Everyone knows that I started off really well in Australia and then had the dip in the Europe season.
I think I am finding my form again, just being more confident, playing better and haven't lost a match in the Asian tournaments so far." She also recalled her controversial 2018 US Open final win over Serena Williams: "Just to have that very early in my career is quite promising.
I just hope I keep going." On how she deals with expectations, Osaka added: "I expected to win a Grand Slam when I was 18. You always have high goals. It doesn't really bother me anymore. I think it did right after I won the Australian Open.
But I am sort of adjusted to that now. I think that sort of privilege that people talk about you, I hope that I can keep that going." Osaka believes leading the rankings is no longer her priority: "I honestly was counting the ranking points.
I was too stats oriented after I won the Australian Open because there was this big thing about you're No. 1 now. Then I felt like I shouldn't lose a match after that. So, yeah, I think this dip that I had really humbled me. It made me very motivated to, like, be here right now, so..."