Naomi Osaka has already won four Grand Slam titles and she proved her worth to most insiders. Currently in the standings only the Australian Ashleigh Barty is ahead of he in the WTA ranking, but in general the Japanese now has the goal of winning a tournament on clay-courts.
Her results on this surface have always been below her expectations, at the Roland Garros she never went beyond the third round and now for the Japanese tennis player it is time to try to change her aversion to the earth.
After the Miami Open, Osaka took a break and now she is ready to restart from the WTA tournament in Madrid. In view of the Spanish tournament, the number two in the world has made an interesting interview, talking also about her possible rivals on clay-courts.
Naomi Osaka ready for the clay-season
She said: “After Miami I took a break because I felt like I wanted to calm my mind. Now I think it’s exciting to be here because I haven’t won on this surface yet, even if I’m a bit stressed out because I really want to do well. I have good feelings about how I am hitting the ball and I can hope that I will continue like this when I take the court.
In general I give the best of myself when I’m not stressed but objectively it is difficult to have that. I have not played on clay for two years and I have not even trained on this surface, I will enter the field trying to have fun and trying to prepare myself for Roland Garros.
How to improve on this surface? I would like to improve in certain things and I talked about it with my coach, I think it has a long way to go and at the moment I don’t feel I have the necessary experience to know what it takes to improve.”
In the first round the Japanese will face the qualified and countrywoman Misaki Doi while in the second round there could be an interesting confrontation with the Czech Karolina Muchova, who must first beat the Chinese Wang.