Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka has been granted a wildcard into the Miami Masters, the tournament announced. Osaka, who has plummeted to No. 78 in the world, was the obvious choice for a one of the wildcards. Osaka, 24, is set to make her sixth appearance on the hard courts of Miami.
Osaka debuted at the Miami Masters in 2016, when she made the third round before losing to Timea Babos. Osaka picked up back-to-back second round exits in Miami in 2017 and 2018, while she made the third round in 2019. Osaka's best Miami result came last year, when she made the quarterfinal.
Osaka in a great space mentally In Indian Wells, Osaka revealed that she is now doing much better mentally that she did a year ago. "Honestly, I feel like I'm at peace with myself, which I think is a great feeling to have as a person.
I'm really grateful because I was watching qualifying the other day here and was walking around," Osaka said. "Usually when I walk around, people are like 'win the tournament, I have tickets to the final' kind of thing.
And, actually people were just saying, 'I hope you have fun.' I know that's not the biggest difference, but it really meant a lot to me." On Thursday, Osaka made a winning start in Indian Wells as she defeated Sloane Stephens in three sets.
“I haven’t played in wind like that for a while, so this was very new to me,” Osaka said. “I felt like I was fighting for my life. I was playing against her; I was playing against the wind. It was crazy.
I just kept thinking she was going through the same circumstances as me, so I just had to will myself to try as hard as I could”.