Naomi Osaka qualified for the Brisbane International quarterfinals for the second year in a row defeating Sofia Kenin 7-6 3-6 1-6 after an electrifying battle. "I was serving very well throughout the entire match, so I'm very happy about that," Osaka said.
"Since I had that shoulder thing [the injury that forced her to withdraw from the WTA Finals in October] I haven't really been practicing my serve, so I feel like every serve that I serve should count - and it's been working out really well."
"Everything gets better as the match progresses... I really just needed to figure out the timing and also the pace of her serve," she added. "Because in the first set, always in the back of my mind I felt like she could maybe turn up the speed of her serve, so I didn't want to get caught while I was returning.
But then in the second and third set I realized that I should probably just go for my returns and stop being so hesitant." Up next for Osaka in the quarterfinals will be No.6 seed Kiki Bertens, who needed two hours and one minute to get past Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
The former World No.1 was asked if she likes Daniil Medvedev as a player: "Yes, I find him very interesting, I have not talked to him but I like the things that I have seen through videos on the Internet."