Naomi Osaka feels confident heading into the Birmingham Tennis Classic. In a press conference, the Japanese player said: “For me, it's always a bit nerve-racking to play on grass. Especially since I haven't been able to practise that many times here, it's a bit tough to adjust.
But I think everyone was hitting indoors, so I couldn't be the only one complaining about the situation”. Osaka added: “I want to have a high service percentage, because I think on grass it's really important to hold your serve.
It's a surface that I think suits my game and I think that I have a lot of potential to play well here, so hopefully one day it will click. I'm just having fun. I'm enjoying it. And I know that if I play well, then I'll be No.
1. But you kind of have to deserve the spot that you're in and if I lose in the first round, I don't deserve to be No. 1”. "I always have a lot of fun playing against tough opponents. Of course, it's stressful during, but there's always, like, flashes of bouts for me that I always think, like, there is nothing else I would rather be doing and, you know, some people don't get to travel that much and I get to travel just to play tennis and for that, I'm extremely grateful."