Naomi Osaka: "I couldn't ask for a better match to prepare myself"

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Naomi Osaka: "I couldn't ask for a better match to prepare myself"

Naomi Osaka beat Katie Boulter 3-6 6-3 6-1 and managed to come back from one set of disadvantage without too much effort, at the Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne, one of the three WTA Tournament that are being played the week before the Australian Open 2021.

Naomi talked about the nervousness she went through during the match and how it helped her during the match. She said: "Up to the middle of the second set it's like I was staying in the rear, I was letting her dominate most of the rallies.

I still hadn't settled in. Yesterday I was extremely nervous before going down again on the court, while today Did all the nervousness go away after I lost the first set? I became calm again because at that point I just wanted to play well again, without worrying about the result.

I couldn't ask for a better match to prepare myself. You can't play games like that in training so I'm happy with how it went, even if it was long."

Gippsland Trophy and Yarra Valley Classic day 3

Jasmine Paolini fights to the end at the Gippsland Trophy who, despite seeing her start as an underdog, reaches the third set and forces the Czech Muchova to overtime.

The Italian loses the first 6-2, but she doesn't give up and responds in the second set where after a break each, she gets the decisive break in the tenth game and closes for 6-4. In the third set the Italian loses her service in the third game and goes on until the end with the match that ends on the result of 6-2; 4-6; 6-4 for Muchova.

Well Halep and Svitolina, Osaka gives a set to the British Boulter while almost surprisingly gives the winner of the last Roland Garros Iga Swiatek, who falls clearly in two sets against the Russian Alexandrova. Serena Williams looks truly rejuvenated that she seems to have started 2021 in the best way.

Just over an hour for the American tennis player to get the better of the insidious Bulgarian Pironkova, beaten with the result of 6-1; 6-4. Serena immediately starts strong and seems to be in excellent athletic condition and closes the first set clearly leaving almost nothing to the opponent.

In the second set Williams makes a few mistakes too much and at the same time Pironkova seems to enter the race, we get to 5-4 for Serena with the Bulgarian serving, Pironkova cancels two match points, then the third and the advantages also fourth match point Williams gets the pass for the quarters where she will face the winner between Pliskova and Collins.

In the other matches the world number one Ashleigh Barty wins with some risk, who after dominating the first set, gives up the second and only has to close in the third to beat the Czech Bouzkova. She risks even more the outgoing Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin who under 5-7; 0-3 comeback against compatriot Pegula and then closes in the third set.