Naomi Osaka defeated Jessica Pegula in straight sets, 6-3 7-6, to reach the China Open second round in Beijing. The Japanese player said: "I don't know, like during tournaments, the first match is always the worst for me.
But I was kind of expecting it to be better because I just kind of played really well in Tokyo. I don't know, I thought it would carry on. I was a little bit frustrated that I felt my game wasn't really where I left it.
Yeah, that was kind of what I was thinking. I just felt like this match, I was kind of living in the moment every point. I wasn't really thinking too much in the future, too much in the past. I just felt like today I was really riled up.
Not really sure why. Yeah, something that I had to kind of deal with the entire match." Reflecting on the weeks she spent as a world No. 1, Osaka made a honest admission. "It was kind of weird", she said. "It's like one of those things that you don't really appreciate it until it's not there any more.
Of course, for me it felt like a lot of responsibilities and pressures that came with that. At the same time that's the end goal. You don't really play tournaments to be ranked No. 4 or 5. You play to be No. 1 in the world. I think everyone wants that position. I don't know, that's what I'm working towards right now."