Naomi Osaka's return to tour proves magical

A hiatus from tennis was all in Naomi Osaka's favor with gaining a debut court success.

by GALE MOORMAN
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Naomi Osaka's return to tour proves magical
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"I was super nervous the whole time," Naomi Osaka confessed after her win over Tamara Korpatsch, her first match since coming back from the 2022 U.S. Open. Brisbane International has always been one of Osaka's favorite tournament and she was mentally torn between three situations in her quest to do well at her first in a year.

It was her desire to do well at Brisbane but also she said "I wanted to do my best for her (daughter) and I'm pretty much trying to be the same ole me." It's been 15 months of not being on the competitive court that pushed Naomi to start the new year off right.

It looks very encouraging that Osaka will do well if she continues her performance in Brisbane at the same level as she did in her first round. She will be entering the Australian Open with a special ranking of no. 46 due to her prolonged absence on the tour.

She admitted that her feelings on how she'd perform weren't predicted and said "I don't know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me. I don't know the level of play and I think I have to ease into it." It looks very encouraging that Osaka will do well if she continues her performance in Brisbane at the same level as she did in her first round.

She will be entering the Australian Open with a special ranking of no. 46 due to her prolonged absence on the tour. She admitted that her feelings on how she'd perform weren't predicted and said "I don't know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me.

I don't know the level off play and I think I have to ease into it." A few minutes into the opening set, didn't show as much nervousness of Naomi as she proclaimed and as the match went on she warmed up, her shots were on point and the ole Osaka was starting to seep in again.

Things are looking hopeful for Naomi with her second round to be against the multi-titled Czech Karolina Pliskova. Osaka evaluated her performance as being interviewed by the former WTA player/now commentator Jelena Dokic. The Japanese was relieved the straight set victory match was over and smilingly said that "Looking back on the match now, honestly I'm very proud of myself.

I feel like I played at a pretty good level." Naomi Osaka will continue and hopefully go deep into the Brisbane International. Whether she does or not, she will be playing the 2024 Australian Open and loving the experience she acquired again.

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