The 22-year-old Japanese gem, Third Seed Naomi Osaka from the far-eastern part of Asia, had hit the 25-year-old Chinese, Zheng Saisai, with a heavy whiplash on Wednesday’s (January 22nd) second-round ’20 AO match, annihilating the Chinese with a 6-2, 6-4 win to advance in to the third round where she would be meeting the 15-year-old American teen sensation, Coco Gauff on Friday (January 24th).
As a matter of fact, Wednesday’s (January 22nd) match had witnessed an extremely windy condition where the Third Seed had to sleeve off almost all of her weaponries including a number of down-the-line flat-hitting to break off the intransigent Chinese who had reinvigorated her career last year with a Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic title in San Jose.
Meanwhile, adding that the defending champion’s experience over the US Open had helped her out to weather an extremely windy condition during the second-round match, Osaka said in a post-match press conference on Wednesday (January 22nd), “I actually didn't really feel that bad……but there are a couple of tournaments that are notorious for being extremely windy.
Compared to that, it's not bad. I think I got that all out after my experience at the US Open. I just think of it as a new tournament. The only thing that may have changed is that people might want to beat me more. I didn't deal with that well after this tournament last year, I'll tell you.
Now I think of it as a nice challenge. Someone wanting to play their best against me is something I have to feel fortunate about, because it's how I get better. ”