Naomi Osaka reflected on how she changed between the US Open and Australian Open success. The Japanese player feels better mentally and on many levels. Speaking in a press conference after her three-set win over Petra Kvitova in the championship clash, the new world No.
1 said: 'I think US Open because that was the first time I've ever gotten that far. I kind of lacked experience on that. I didn't know what my capabilities were. But I think this time around I was more aware of what I could possibly do.
For me, my goals are always winning tournaments. I would assume my next goal is to win the next tournament I play. Like, I'm going to have to play Indian Wells again. Of course, I'd love to win that again and then play Miami and hopefully win that.
I think people that can win Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back, it's usually the best players in the world. That would be my next goal. Yeah, I feel like I'm going with the flow. That's sort of been my motto my whole life, so...'
Osaka said: 'To be playing against one of the best players in the world, to lose a set, suddenly think that I'm so much better than her that that isn't a possibility... Yeah, I wanted to enjoy my time here. Last year I lost in the fourth round.
Now this year I was in the final, so I wanted to be happy about that, yeah, just basically have no regrets about today.' ALSO READ: Djokovic would beat Roger Federer in Australian Open final - Evert