Naomi Osaka: "I didn't feel good about myself"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 18079
Naomi Osaka is out of the Madrid Open. The Japanese tennis player had to surrender sensationally in two sets against Sara Sorribes Tormo with the net score of 3-6 1-6. A match where the Japanese player appeared decidedly unrecognizable and made many mistakes with her right Osaka, on the bandage she had on her ankle, said: "I didn't feel very good about myself and this was a determining factor in the match.
After the first game, I felt a pain in my Achilles tendon which prevented me from training normally yesterday. I took an Ibuprofen today to see if I could get better, but I took it too late and it didn't have much effect. I should have taken it sooner." She added on her injury: "I've had this injury a few times in the past, I remember it happened two years ago in Miami, but I honestly don't think it's a very serious problem.
During this season I didn't feel much pain in that area, but I have to learn to live with it when it reappears." On the match lost against Sorribes Tormo she explained: "Today I couldn't play as I would have liked, it's like I have limits in my game.
I thought about many things that I could improve from the previous match we played in the Fed Cup, but on the pitch I felt I could not do anything against her attacks."
Between Madrid and next goals
On the Madrid tournament she also said: "I had a lot of fun in Madrid, of course I would have liked to have stayed longer, but I think I can take some positives from this week.
As I said in the previous days, I am learning to play on clay, it is a long process, but I think I will be able to adapt well to this surface. The central court was much faster than the other days and I told my coach about it.
I am aware that I am saying that I am still learning to play on clay, but I am convinced that I will improve more and more." Now the next goals: "These defeats make me think a lot and these days I will. Of course I will continue to train and prepare for the next match, but I have to see how my tendon responds to see if I am in the best condition to compete."