World No. 2 Naomi Osaka tried to draw positives following her shock Cincinnati Masters round-of-16 exit. Osaka, seeded at No. 2, was stunned by wild card Jil Teichman on Thursday night in Cincinnati. Teichmann, ranked at No. 65 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Osaka 3-6 6-3 6-3.
"I was doing all I was supposed to do," Osaka said, per The Japan Times. "In the second and third sets, I was too defensive. "I learned a lot from this match — I can sleep at night." Osaka was aiming to have a strong Cincinnati campaign so that could serve her as a perfect preparation for the US Open.
After the shock loss, Osaka will take a bit time to regroup and try to figure out what to do next in order to put herself in the best position to do well at the US Open. "I have high expectations of myself, but there was nothing more I could do to win this match," Osaka said.
"I'm almost glad I lost as it gives me so many things to work on in my game. I just hope the results come in time for the US Open."
Osaka had a motive to make a deep run in Cincinnati
Before she kicked off her Cincinnati campaign, Osaka pledged to donate all of her Cincinnati prize money to relief effort for Haiti.
"Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti.
I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising," Osaka tweeted. Osaka was sad she didn't collect more money for Haiti. "I'm happy, but sad that I didn't go further," Osaka said. "But I think I raised awareness. I'm glad we were able to contribute something."