Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki "confidently" predicted Angelique Kerber would come out of her section of the draw and Naomi Osaka took it personally. The other day, Osaka was watching Tennis Channel and there Wozniacki predicted Kerber and Leylah Fernandez would meet in the Miami Masters third round.
On Thursday, Osaka destroyed former world No. 1 Kerber 6-2 6-3. "But weirdly enough, I was watching Tennis Channel the other day, right? I don't know like what night or whatever, but they had the draw up. I was like, 'Oh, no, I accidentally saw the draw.'
This is before I played Astra. So I was like, 'Dang, I have to play Kerber if I win this next round,'" Osaka said. "But then I think Caroline Wozniacki was commentating, and they were like, 'Oh, who do you think is going to make it out of this section?' She's like, 'I think Kerber and Fernandez are going to play each other.'
I was like, 'Oh, me and Muchova aren't right here.' So I was kind of thinking about it in my head a lot during when I was playing just now."
Osaka dismantled Kerber
"Yeah, I don't know if that was the reason the score was why it was today, but I don't know.
I don't really say I had like a vendetta, but I was like, 'Hmm, I know I was kind of underachieving these last couple of months, but I still feel like I'm a pretty good player.' Because Wozniacki said it kind of confidently that Kerber was going to be going through.
I don't know. But anyways, yeah, that's my story," Osaka added. Osaka plays next Karolina Muchova, who surprised Fernandez in the Miami second round. Osaka, 24, is playing in Miami for the sixth time in her career.
Osaka achieved her best Miami result last year, when she made the quarterfinal. It remains to be seen how far can Osaka go in Miami this year.