Naomi Osaka: "Sorry for my gesture"

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Naomi Osaka: "Sorry for my gesture"

Garbine Muguruza went one step away from the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2021, before Naomi Osaka canceled two match points and overturned the match gaining access to the next round. The Japanese, showing an enviable mental strength, closes the game with the result of 4-6 6-4 7-5.

The Japanese tennis player was very satisfied in the press conference by the level offered today against the Spanish Garbine Muguruza. She said: "I don't remember exactly what I was thinking, but I think that at the first match point against I thought I didn't play well with the serve at the peak of the match.

I decided to concentrate and went back to playing as I had done in the best moments of the game. My stats with her on serve were good during the third set, but during that game I was far from my best. Then in the second match ball against, during the exchange, I told myself that I shouldn't play offensive, and avoid making unforced errors.

She was right and I was able to get back in the game." We rarely saw Naomi Osaka break her rackets during her matches. She added: "Today I was very nervous and I think that was the reason for me to behave like that.

Let's say I was very stressed. I think some people on my team might have felt that I was not entirely comfortable in the game and this ended up weighing on my attitude on the pitch. I am angry with myself for throwing my racket, but at the same time I felt that she unleashed the emotions and nerves I needed."

Feelings when playing for the first time against Garbine Muguruza: "It was fun to face her for the first time. During the match I felt like I could not hit any ball as I wanted, as she took advantage of it immediately and forced me to run for the court.

I think I made so many unforced mistakes, because I was playing in an area of ​​the pitch where I didn't feel comfortable. I think it's normal to have those feelings when you play against a Grand Slam champion.

But I am happy with the victory obtained today." Playing without the crowd in the stands: " I'm not very sure how the game would have evolved with the people in the stands. I don't know if they would have pushed me in critical moments or if my opponent would have taken advantage of it.

We both played at a very high level and I think if there was an audience in their seats it could have been even better."