Naomi Osaka after the win: "Proud of how I handled the wind"

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Naomi Osaka after the win: "Proud of how I handled the wind"

Naomi Osaka qualified for the second round of Indian Wells, WTA 1000 on the Californian hard-courts. The Japanese star defeated Sloane Stephens in three sets, after losing the first set, with the final score of 3-6 6-1 6-2.

The violent gusts of wind characterized the match, putting both tennis players in difficulty, but finally rewarding that she has the most effective serve, that is Osaka herself. After her victory, the Japanese said she was proud of how she managed to manage the difficult climatic situation.

She said: "I'm very proud of how I handled the wind, and while we both probably wanted better conditions, all in all I think the match was enjoyable." Stephens, on the other hand, said about the challenge and the wind: "I don't think I played very badly, but the day was very difficult.

The conditions were extreme, the worst I've ever found. She plays solid and aggressive, she has almost the ability. unique to hitting winners even when out of position, and this is very useful when the wind is that strong.

" Recall that in the pre-tournament press conference, Osaka said: "I have learned to enjoy my time more. I've been training all my life to be here playing tennis. When I am 70, it will probably be a small chapter for me.

I have to enjoy it while I can. I'm trying to enjoy every tournament. I felt the difference in Australia. When I played my last match against Amanda I left the pitch thinking I did my best, I had match points. I no longer live in the past.

It's complicated because I'm a perfectionist. There is always the question in my head: will I ever be able to play like this? The opponents I play against are constantly changing and I feel that everyone is improving.

I can't say I've come back as a player. I have improved in many ways. Life is a constant evolution. Honestly, I feel at peace with myself. I think it's a great feeling to have as a person. I am very grateful. The other day I was watching the qualifiers and people were saying to me: Win the tournament, I have tickets to the final.

Now, people say to me: I hope you have fun. I know it's not a big change, but it really meant a lot to me. It's always hard to go to a tournament where you've played well and don't have good memories. I think I'm in a completely different place in my life right now.

I'm just focusing on my first round, which is pretty tough. I will have to put a lot of energy into it. I'm taking one batch at a time. "