Former champion Naomi Osaka says she was happy with her performance on Sunday after a 6-3, 6-4 win over Estonia's Anett Kontaveit to move into the quarter-finals of the US Open. Speaking to the press after her win, the former World No.
1, from Japan, said, "I feel like the most important thing that I wanted to do was start being really positive from the get-go, like sort of overwhelm her in a since. I think I did that fairly well. Compared to my last match I played her in Cincinnati, the first game was good, but I was a bit moody.
I wasn't that focused on the match. For me, it was really important, like, the turnaround time and my attitude to be very positive." The biggest talking point on Sunday throughout the tennis world was men's top seed Novak Djokovic's default from the US Open after he accidentally hit a lines judge with the tennis ball after losing a game.
Naomi Osaka is through to the quarter-finals of the US Open
Osaka said she hadn't watched the match live but said the incident would make people more conscious about their actions on the court. "For me, even like not seeing that, because I wasn't watching the match live because I was sleeping, but knowing that, of course, I think puts a little bit of - what's it called - you're more aware of it, of course.For me, I try not to slam my racquet anyways.
Of course, I probably do a couple times. But I definitely think it's making people a bit more aware." The former World No. 1 will next meet American Shelby Rogers in the quarter-finals and knows she has a tough match on her hands.
"Of course, it's going to be challenging. She's in the quarters of a slam. She's a great player. If I remember, using what's little left of my brain right now, I think she has a great serve and she's a good returner.
But I have to study." The 22 year old Naomi Osaka, currently No. 9 in the latest world rankings, won the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in 2019. She is seeded No. 4 at this year's event.