The Japanese star Naomi Osaka reached the third round of the WTA Gippsland Trophy by beating Alize Cornet in straight sets, with the final score of 6-2 6-2, qualifying for the third round of the tournament. In the post match interview she said she was nervous throughout the entire match.
She said: "I have been for the whole match, there were times when I was more and others when I was less, but still I was really very, even when I was walking towards the pitch. Even during the last point. I think last year's Naomi is very different from this year's.
There are a lot of things I've learned and also a lot of things I do differently with my team. I trust them a lot and we talk a lot about how I feel, something that I was not used to doing. Maybe now during press conferences I don't make as many jokes as I used to do, but I still have the feeling that the last year has changed me a lot.
There were a lot of things with the which I was having difficulties and during the quarantine I was able to dig inside myself to shed some light. I still think it's a process experienced by many people, it's not something I think about too much."
Naomi Osaka at the Tokyo Olympics
Despite the difficulties in setting up an event like that of the Olympics in the historical period we are experiencing today, the current number 3 in the world said she was ready for any measure to take part in the tournament.
She said: "My concern is for the safety of all people, because we should open the nation to everyone. Everyone arrives by plane from different places. I just want the public to feel safe. I will stay in my room for two weeks before to take the field for the Olympics.
I missed the last ones. Playing in Tokyo would be very special for me." Naomi's main goal can only be to win the gold medal, as revealed last summer: "It would be the greatest achievement in my career, even if this in a sense depends on the timing.
I participate in the Grand Slams every year, while the Olympics are held every four. I don't have that many opportunities to win a medal."