Naomi Osaka makes painful admission after devastating Miami loss

Osaka didn't want her Miami run to end the way it did.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Naomi Osaka makes painful admission after devastating Miami loss
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Naomi Osaka didn't hide that she was pretty frustrated and disappointed with her Miami Open third-round loss to Caroline Garcia as the former world No. 1 admitted it would probably take time for her to process and overcome a heartbreaking loss to the Frenchwoman. 

After overcoming Elisabetta Cocciaretto in straight sets and then also impressively ousting Elina Svitolina in two sets, Osaka entered the Garcia match very motivated and determined to get another big win. But it didn't happen as Garcia edged out Osaka 7-6 (4) 7-5. 

Throughout the match, Osaka played high-level tennis and had moments of brilliance. But also, the four-time Grand Slam champion lost some key points and missed out on some crucial chances in the first and second sets. 

“It’s extremely frustrating, and it’s probably going to sit with me for a very, very long time,” Osaka said, via Tennis Majors.

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Osaka: I'm not thinking positively about myself now

After saving three set points before the first set went into a tie-break, Osaka fell 2-6 to Garcia in the tie-break - managed to save two more set points - but then the Frenchwoman took her fifth set point to win the opener. 

In the second set, Osaka had a great chance to force a decider but from 4-2 up she lost five of the next six games and the match eventually.

“That’s a tough question right now, because I know I’m pretty hard on myself. What do I take away from this tournament? I think I definitely played my best match against Elina. But right now I’m not thinking too positively about myself. I definitely wanted to be better here," Osaka said.

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In the interview, Osaka also drew some positives as she noted that she performed better in her Miami loss to Garcia than she did in her Indian Wells third-round loss to Elise Mertens. 

Next up for Osaka will be representing Japan in their Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers tie against Kazakhstan from April 12-13.

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