Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka was in great spirits after starting her season with a win at the Melbourne Summer Set 1.
Osaka, now ranked at No. 11 in the world, overcame former world No. 1 Alize Cornet 6-4 3-6 6-3 in her first match since the US Open.
The Melbourne Summer Set 1 is taking place at Melbourne Park, the place where Osaka captured two Australian Open titles.
“I really love playing here. I love New York, but [the Australian Open] might be my favourite slam so it feels really good to always come back here… It feels really nice to play in front of people,” Osaka said, per the Australian Open website.
Osaka admitted she felt nervous
Osaka claimed the first break of the match in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game.
Osaka was 3-1 up in the second but then lost serve in back-to-back games as Cornet forced a decider.
Losing the second set didn’t affect Osaka, who started the third set with a 3-0 lead before serving out for the match in the ninth game.
“For me, I feel like I probably made a lot of unforced errors today, but I kind of expected that because it is the first match,” Osaka said. “I was really nervous so I’m just glad that I was able to hold my serve in the last game.”
Also, Osaka revealed her goal for 2022.
“I only really have one major goal this year, and it’s completely unrelated to results and stuff like that,” Osaka said. “For me, I just want to feel like every time I step on the court I’m having fun. I can walk off the court knowing that even if I lost, I tried as hard as I could. Also I have a goal in the pressroom, that I’m never going to cry again, so hopefully that works out in my favour.”