World No. 77 Naomi Osaka promised herself she wouldn't go down without a proper fight and her resilience paid off as she claimed a comeback win over Belinda Bencic in the Miami Masters semifinal. Osaka, who received a wildcard into Miami, overcame former world No.
4 Bencic 4-6 6-3 6-4 to reach her first final of the season. "In the second set I just told myself, 'Listen, if she beats you, someone is going to have to carry you off the court in a stretcher, because you're going to fight for everything,'" Osaka said after the match, per the WTA Tour website.
"I think I just got opportunities and I was able to see them as opportunities. So I was able to push myself through it. "I'm honestly glad that this was such a tough match, because I feel like you need that learning experience, and I learned a lot from today."
Osaka finally beats Bencic
Osaka beat Bencic when they met for the first time in 2013.
Then, Bencic won their next three meetings. On Thursday, Bencic was a set away from clinching her fourth consecutive win over Osaka. However, Osaka had other plans. "I was thinking I have been in this position with her before, because I have played her multiple times," said Osaka.
"But I felt like all those times I have kind of been panicked. I was just telling myself, 'This is a really good chance to show yourself how much you have matured ... Just try not to repeat the mistakes that you have made before." After the match, Osaka praised Bencic's backhand return.
"I kind of want to watch video footage of her backhand returns, because they were so good today," said Osaka. Osaka faces next new No. 1 Iga Swiatek. Osaka leads the head-to-head against Osaka, having beaten Swiatek in their lone meeting at the 2019 Toronto Masters.