Naomi Osaka was defeated by Jessica Pegula for 7-6 (2) 6-2 in the second round of the Italian Open 2021, in Rome. The Japanese sta is still unable to find the right countermeasures to play well on clay-courts, unlike when tomorrow on the fast-surfaces like the hard-courts.
Fresh from the defeat with Karolina Muchova in Madrid, the number two of the seeding dies after just over a set with Jessica Pegula. She is good at resisting at 4-5 and 5-6, but above all at taking advantage of the circumstances in the last eight games.
The Japanese, who does not even find the support of the first ball, gives up on the threshold of ninety minutes of play. Her 7-6 (2) 6-2 the final result. Naomi is one of the athletes who will participate in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
She could be the standard-bearer of her country: her choice will be between her and golfer Hideki Matsuyama. However, the Tokyo Olympics are still not sure to take place, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Naomi Osaka: "Tokyo 2021 Olympics are not safe"
In a recent interview, Osaka said that safety must be the priority, and the Japanese star seemed concerned: "I am an athlete and of course my immediate thought is that I want to play in the Olympics.
But as a human, I feel like saying that we are facing a pandemic and if people are not healthy and do not feel safe then it is definitely a cause for great concern." In Japan, cases of Coronavirus continue to increase and the government and the organizers of the summer sporting event are beginning to worry.
One of the things Japan paid the most attention to was the crowd. Only Japanese citizens and non-fans from foreign countries would be admitted to the Olympics. We have also to recall that Osaka said in a recent interview: "Since I have spent a lot of time in Japan in my teens and early adult life, those memories are clearer than my early childhood.
It’s a bit more difficult to go out publicly in Japan than it used to be. So sometimes I disguise myself in a cap and wig. I give credit equally to all those cultures for shaping me into the person I am today. I credit my Japanese side for my discipline, good manners, cleanliness and sense of style.
My mom’s work ethic, working two jobs a day to support my tennis, has rubbed off on me too. My American side has allowed me to be more open-minded and progressive. And my Haitian side has given me the courage to push through when things get tough.
Japan is such an important part of my life and my makeup. I am proud of who I am and no one will be prouder than me when I compete for Japan in the Olympics later this year, hopefully with your full support!"