I had childish attitude in Brisbane loss, says Naomi Osaka


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I had childish attitude in Brisbane loss, says Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka felt very disappointed with her loss to Lesia Tsurenko at the Brisbane International. In the post-match press conference, the Japanese player was self-critical. 'If I'm being really frank, I just feel like I had like the worst attitude today,' Osaka admitted.

'I feel like I didn't really know how to cope with not playing well. So, I don't know, like I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that. But then the ball wouldn't go in, and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff.

So I think like that was sort of my main problem today. I mean, I feel like last year I did a lot of that, and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have, like towards the end of last year. So hopefully this isn't like a reoccurring thing.'

Osaka also added: 'For me, there was a game that I had two break points. I felt like, for me, that was more possibly a turning point. But the game that I saved match point, I just felt like I was somehow staying in the match, not necessarily like -- I mean, of course I would have loved to win the next game, but the entire set I haven't like broken her.

So I just felt more like I was trying to stay in the match.' About how she tries to deal with pressure, Osaka said, 'It's different. It's like before, I would just be nervous to be there in a way, and now I feel nervous because I think I should win, like I'm the higher ranked player, and I feel like people expect me to win.

So that's like an added amount of nerves. But, I mean, I feel like I'm getting used to it, hopefully.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title