Naomi Osaka has won her 22nd consecutive match since nearly last year including ther 4th slam title, at last month’s Australian Open. Days ago, she rattled off a straight set victory over Ajla Tomljanovic of 7-6, 6-4 and looking forward to her next round in Miami. She is well satisfied with her results but unsure of why her Miami resume hasn’t cracked up to her victories elsewhere. “I think there’s always a reason I haven’t done well here…hopefully I’m able to do well this time,” Osaka told the Seattle Times media.
The Japanese had blasted 13 aces to her opponent Tomljanovic
Osaka’s last stance was a title win at the Australian Open a few months ago when she withdrew from the roster of playing Stuttgart next month. It’s usually the tournament that most qualified players prefer to warm up their skills for the upcoming French Open. Osaka is calling that event ‘a miss’ admitting that she really doesn’t want to be the type of player that’s away on tour for months at a time. “…I’ve never thought of myself as the player that would play week-in and week-out,” she told TheGrio media. Osaka began to get straightforward with her thoughts and feelings saying “…I’m not really sure what a normal schedule is…I personally get homesick quite often and it makes me kinda sad sometimes.”
Naomi is starting to express her desires for what she wants and what works better for her in tennis. She has talked about just focusing at one tournament for a while instead of short stints from place to place. Osaka’s performances haven’t been that great in Europe and she feels that this plan may work better- “…I feel like every year I am on tour I learn more about myself and what type of schedule I like to play.” The fact of being closer to home has appealed to her more and more. She misses spending time with her family and boyfriend-rapper Cordae and hopes to make those objectives become real in the months to come.
But will she be able to accomplish those goals of being home more and maintain her no. 2 world status? Time will tell, but organizers have confirmed that Naomi Osaka will be participating in the European tour in May. It will be anyone’s guess as to when the public will see her after that and if her performances will stay superior and ‘on point’ with every tournament she is in.