Naomi Osaka commented on what her approach was heading into the US Open where she featured as a Grand Slam defending champion for the first time. The Japanese player, talking to reporters at the China Open in Beijing, said: "It was weird.
I felt pressure but I didn't feel pressure because people sort of say it's like the home crowd, you know? I definitely felt that. They gave me a lot of energy. I think that's part of the reason why I played so well.
And I guess coming into this tournament, I know that all the best players are here, and we all want to do well at the end of the year. I'm just expecting really hard matches at this point." On her pre-match routines, Osaka added: "I listen to a lot of music regardless.
Like it doesn't matter if it's matches or anything. Da Baby just released his new album. That's kind of what I was listening to walking in here. Yeah, I think foods I eat? Carbs before a match for energy. I'm not too superstitious.
I try not to be too superstitious." On possibly competing in Shenzhen, Osaka added: "I would really want to make the Finals. I kind of organized the next month of my schedule based around it. Definitely that's my goal.
But at the same time I don't want to think too much into the future. I have to think about the matches that I have to play here. I guess it's like one of those things where time will tell. I just have to focus on the people I'm playing at this tournament."