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https://twitter.com/WTA_insider/status/1046748361917751297

Speaking after her first-round win at the China Open on Monday, Naomi Osaka admitted her US Open victory felt “so strange” and that she wanted to push it to the side to play in Tokyo.
Naomi Osaka has revealed it has been hard to celebrate her ‘bittersweet’ US Open victory.

The world No.6 was reserved when speaking to press after a first round win at the China Open, but admitted the controversy-marred final had been difficult to handle.

“I have so much tea right now, but I’m not going to spill it,” she said.

“There’s a lot of stuff I want to say about, like, how I felt and whatever. But for me, I don’t know, I don’t know. The memory of the US Open is a little bit bittersweet. Like right after, the day after, I really didn’t want to think about it because it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory for me. I don’t know. Like, I just sort of wanted to move on at that point.”

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Osaka, who became the first Japanese Grand Slam singles champion in New York, compared the feeling to eating green tea ice cream.

“When you bite into it, it’s, like, sweet but also very strong. Like, that’s how that memory feels to me,” Osaka said.

“I mean, of course I’m happy that I won a Grand Slam. I don’t think there’s anything that can take away from that. But I don’t know. I feel like not that when I look back on it that it’s a bad memory, but I feel like it was so strange, I didn’t just want to think about it. I wanted to just push it to the side. Then I played Tokyo. For me, Tokyo was a way to take my mind off of it. I think that’s why I did well.

“I’m still trying to take may mind off of it a little bit. I guess hopefully I can do well here, too.”

Osaka made the comments after defeating Kazakhstan qualifier Zarina Diyas 6-4 6-3 in the Beijing first round.

She next faces American Danielle Collins for a place in the last 16.
https://tennismash.com/2018/10/01/osaka-us-open-win-was-bittersweet/
 
So she was interviewed after that presscon.

“For me, it’s not like I’m done playing tennis. I don’t expect myself to just win one Grand Slam. Not to be cocky or anything but I feel like the more confidence I put in myself, the more I play better so I try to tell myself that if I believe in myself then there’s a lot of good things that will happen,” she explains.


“I definitely want to play more Grand Slams and I feel like if I play Grand Slams I’ll do better and I’ll learn. I know it’s kind of strange to think of the US Open as just like another tournament or whatever but I think in a situation like that I would have to.”
 

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"Like right after, the day after, I really didn’t want to think about it because it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory for me. I don’t know. Like, I just sort of wanted to move on at that point"


As a tennis fan, it gets to me somewhat that what should have been the best most wondrous moment in the world for Naomi, her dream of working hard, improving herself, being a better player, fulfilling the example of her senpai, playing the greatest in a slam final was marred by Serena's bad behaviour and the crowd's worse behaviour. Serena was doing the same as McEnroe. Dare to default me. Naomi showed the most heartfelt respect to Serena at the trophy presentation and Serena's lack of understanding and lack of reciprocity showed she just couldn't get over her own barrier. (Now, I got a faint feeling that of all the people on the podium, Evert was the only person who understood for Osaka.) In my view, Naomi on that day embodied budo spirit. Serena, even if she has never heard of it does not innately possess it, and therefore she couldn't respond. There are some things that are greater than Serena and beyond her. Even if talent to talent Serena is far greater, Naomi has purity of heart, Serena doesn't.

(edit) I would like to see Sloane and Osaka add the running backhand hit through the dead run. I got a notion Osaka may be needing it in a year or two. Top Pro coaches are incredibly good at working out opponent’s weak spots and planning how to take down the opposition unless keep improving and never stand still. See Bouchard.
 
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As a tennis fan, it gets to me somewhat that what should have been the best most wondrous moment in the world for Naomi, her dream of working hard, improving herself, being a better player, fulfilling the example of her senpai, playing the greatest in a slam final was marred by Serena's bad behaviour and the crowd's worse behaviour.
Worse. Serena's failure to recognise publicly in the weeks since how much she was responsible for diminishing what should have been the proudest moment of Osaka's career reflects really, really poorly on Serena. A gracious person with any sense of respect for the occasion would have come out publicly by now and praised Osaka in some effort to make up for spoiling her achievement.
 
As a tennis fan, it gets to me somewhat that what should have been the best most wondrous moment in the world for Naomi
Naomi has great spirit, a very selfless attitude which guided her through that mess. I would be more upset if I knew this was gonna be her only slam but I know more will come to overshadow this one.

Worse. Serena's failure to recognise publicly in the weeks since how much she was responsible for diminishing what should have been the proudest moment of Osaka's career reflects really, really poorly on Serena. A gracious person with any sense of respect for the occasion would have come out publicly by now and praised Osaka in some effort to make up for spoiling her achievement.
Pure ignorance.
 
So she was interviewed after that presscon.
Good i am so sick and tired of this fake politeness, when players instead of being brutally honest restrict themselves to maintain fake and fragile image of good samaritan when talking about matters like these! And no, you don't have to be cocky in order to speak up whats on your goddamn' mine! You have to pick right words and right way to express it, thats all! Each time, when some player says something like - "I am happy with where i am, i think its unfair to talk about winning more, climbing rankings and achieving other career milestones..." And you know all that jazz, like a broken record! Especially when it comes from someone, like Novak Djokovic (who i am a gigantic fan of btw!), who brags about how happy he is to compete against Federer and Nadal, how previliged he is to keep,on winning etc...Its like he had low self-esteem or something! For example i never heard from Nadal, where he would say he doesn't want to win more slams or keep on chasing records its just...you know...he is just being honest thats it! Novak could try it sometimes...
 
Maybe Djokovic is already enlightened since he's meditating so much @Djokodalerer31
In that case he should really quit it, if he wants to keep having sucessful career, because meditation, eternal peace, friendship, enlightment and all that jazz doesn't mix well with professional sport, when man goes against man without second though and he has only goal - to win a match and he is not going to hand it to you, because you reached enlightment! Lol I know what i am talking about, because meditation can be dangerous, you can enter Nirvana and upon coming back it consumes you, draining all your emotions...when you have that experience, what happens in this world (in OUR world!) doesn't have as much value to you, because you kinda realize that life here is meaningless...i used to meditate once with Shaman alongside me and he said if i really want to venture into that forbidden world, imshould kiss this one goodbye, because its like Pandora's Box, once those doors open - its hard to close them, since that kind of experience kills your ego, which is important to keep living here in our world without letting the other one consume you head to toes!
 
Serena is her idol and she patterened her game after Serena.

The comparison is not going to go away.
Cant imagine she still idolates Serena after all the drama at the final. Osaka just showed her Japanese politeness against older people. Hopefully she doesnt model her game any further to serenaso_O
 
"Like right after, the day after, I really didn’t want to think about it because it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory for me. I don’t know. Like, I just sort of wanted to move on at that point"


As a tennis fan, it gets to me somewhat that what should have been the best most wondrous moment in the world for Naomi, her dream of working hard, improving herself, being a better player, fulfilling the example of her senpai, playing the greatest in a slam final was marred by Serena's bad behaviour and the crowd's worse behaviour. Serena was doing the same as McEnroe. Dare to default me. Naomi showed the most heartfelt respect to Serena at the trophy presentation and Serena's lack of understanding and lack of reciprocity showed she just couldn't get over her own barrier. (Now, I got a faint feeling that of all the people on the podium, Evert was the only person who understood for Osaka.) In my view, Naomi on that day embodied budo spirit. Serena, even if she has never heard of it does not innately possess it, and therefore she couldn't respond. There are some things that are greater than Serena and beyond her. Even if talent to talent Serena is far greater, Naomi has purity of heart, Serena doesn't.

(edit) I would like to see Sloane and Osaka add the running backhand hit through the dead run. I got a notion Osaka may be needing it in a year or two. Top Pro coaches are incredibly good at working out opponent’s weak spots and planning how to take down the opposition unless keep improving and never stand still. See Bouchard.
:rolleyes:
did you actually see the trophy ceremony?
 
During on-court interview, Naomi said she wanted to play really well because it was her coach's birthday. This was sure a nice gift to Sascha.
100% first serves won in second set.

 
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Osaka is on fire. She is the player to beat against any player on the tour.
The scary thing for the tour is, 'on fire' she was not. Osaka in this match was only playing at about 70%. 1st serve % was only 55%, and in the previous 2 round is < 50%. Her ground game was good, but could be better. If she served ~65% or better and leak a few less errors, THEN she'd be on fire. ;)

She can still improve lots, which is scary for the tour. :eek:
 
See what some addtional focus and hard work does??? Wins championships....some of those other under achievers should take note...
Lets not get ahead of ourselves just yet, shall we? She didn't exactly do anything, that the likes of Halep, Wozniacki, Muguruza, Azarenka, Kvitova or Stephens wouldn't do, so snap out of it for now! Lets get back about underachievers topic in five or six years time from now on! I have seen too many female players at this point, who were having that one blast of a season just to fade into obscurity too soon, so all of this mighty talk means nothing at this point!
 
Staying up til 3:00 AM watching Naomi coming back from 3-6, took second set 6-4, then in third set down 1-4 coming back to win 7-5.

Fought through her emotions and negativity. Epic win although bittersweet since Zhang is her great friend on tour.
 

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Zhang played exceptionally well and with the crowd rooting behind her gave Osaka all she can handle. I thought Osaka was going to lose after squandering a few break points in the third set in which she got annoyed and her negative body language say she doesn't have what it takes to win. Fortunately, she managed to break back when Zhang was serving out for the match at 5-4. Feel bad for Zhang after playing her heart out but good to see Osaka got tested under pressure. A match like this is a good experience and will develop Osaka mental strength.:)
 
Zhang played exceptionally well and with the crowd rooting behind her gave Osaka all she can handle. I thought Osaka was going to lose after squandering a few break points in the third set in which she got annoyed and her negative body language say she doesn't have what it takes to win. Fortunately, she managed to break back when Zhang was serving out for the match at 5-4. Feel bad for Zhang after playing her heart out but good to see Osaka got tested under pressure. A match like this is a good experience and will develop Osaka mental strength.:)
Zhang was playing unbelievable. Remember she had a nice run to the quarterfinals at the AO in 2016. Glad Osaka was able to reflect on her immature behavior and thinking about improving.

 

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Saw it coming a month ago. For the whole time I was pretty certain she wasn't going to play.

https://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kon...-hong-kong-open-back-injury-sustained-beijing

It is only an international, but it is really well run and the local fans are VERY supportive of the players and enthusiastic about the tennis every year. But it is a bad time of the year for the players.

If she plays Tokyo premier, then there is Wuhan p5, how is she going to play Hongkong mm as well? Even Tianjin offers $750,000. Doesn't make sense does it?
 
And this is how you start to undermine a promising young player's career.
1) First, you use an active, living legend of the game (who she's a huge fan of) who would rather ruin the experience of her opponent's first major title than acknowledging that, for once, it's not all about her and her records.
2) In the podium, she cries tears of awkwardness and sadness rather than happiness and relief.
3) Then, you constantly remind her through the media and in every interview that there was a "controversy" in her win against her idol that she needs to address.
4) Then, you sap any remaining enjoyment she might have had deep inside by taking her on a marketing tour of Japan, filling her 20-year-old brain with an unfair amount of pressure in a country where they've been keen to celebrate their mixed athletes when they win and discard them as foreigners when they lose.
5) Young, polite and overwhelmed, she goes through all of this with a smile. Her game is still solid, but she can't deal with the pressure and loses the final in Tokyo.
6) Fans who have started hyping her as the next big thing and a second coming of Serena continue hyping her. She is obviously going to win Beijing; she's going to win everything and become world number 1, the next dominant player, etc.
7) Her level decreases in Beijing, the first serve is no longer working, still reaches the semifinal but loses a very winnable match to Sevastova.
8) Has a back injury.
9) Some will continue to hype her as the next big thing, others will say she's nothing more than a one-season fluke that everyone will have figured out by 2019.
10) Wozniacki wins Beijing. How cool is that?

How are we supposed to see an all-time great in this game again?
This is why we can't have nice things.
 
Saw it coming a month ago. For the whole time I was pretty certain she wasn't going to play.

https://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kon...-hong-kong-open-back-injury-sustained-beijing
Well at least she is in Hong Kong to meet and greet the fans. She made the right choice to pull out, how many more weeks can she string along with Singapore coming up? I am sure she didn't know when she signed up for all these tournaments that she will win USO and go deep into others or even qualify for Singapore.

https://twitter.com/HKTennisOpen/status/1048891190504910848

With regard to the back injury, she said it's not life threatening or anything, it is because she has played too many matches. You could even see the tapes on her back when she started playing Beijing, and her serve was like less than 50% in most matches. At least she gets to rest, when last did she win more than 8 matches in a row except way back in IW? Never, so the body is bound to react especially with power play, and with the added pressure and stress.

'During the interview following her semifinal, Naomi commented

“I got assessed, and I was told that it wasn’t, like, a life-threatening injury [laughing].

I was just told that it’s from fatigue like I’ve played a lot of matches and stuff. It’s basically just a matter of resting.”


https://tennistonic.com/tennis-news/43578/it-wasnt-a-life-threating-injury-osaka/
 
She needs to block the US thing & trying to hard to prove she isn't a one hit wonder from her memory, she hasn't failed post US-she is still getting to the business end of events & there is nothing that can be done about what happened which had nothing to do with her. The fact is she is the US Open champion & she will likely win many more slams in the future-she cannot expect too much of herself as she is only just about to turn 21.
 
She needs to block the US thing & trying to hard to prove she isn't a one hit wonder from her memory, she hasn't failed post US-she is still getting to the business end of events & there is nothing that can be done about what happened which had nothing to do with her. The fact is she is the US Open champion & she will likely win many more slams in the future-she cannot expect too much of herself as she is only just about to turn 21.
Honestly, I don't think it even affected her as much as we think. We are the ones who are remembering it while she I believe has already moved past that event. Her results afterwards do not indicate any signs of being bothered or having it impact her play. As mentioned, she cannot win every tournament and its normal that she is fatigued. She will only improve and it doesn't matter if we get another legend of the game, I'd rather not have one person dominating the tour, gets boring.
 
Honestly, I don't think it even affected her as much as we think. We are the ones who are remembering it while she I believe has already moved past that event. Her results afterwards do not indicate any signs of being bothered or having it impact her play. As mentioned, she cannot win every tournament and its normal that she is fatigued. She will only improve and it doesn't matter if we get another legend of the game, I'd rather not have one person dominating the tour, gets boring.
She gave an interview a few days back where she is putting way too much pressure on herself.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/45770048

https://www.news.com.au/sport/tenni...s/news-story/35386174ccefd025059f46bd3f3dd860
 
Thanks for the articles. Seen her post-USO comments already but have not seen her China Open post interview. What I was saying in my comment was I don't think she needs to block out the USO moment because I think she has already moved on. Rather now, she is trying to convince herself that she isn't a one-time wonder, which she is not. Pressure obviously getting to her. The fame she received was coupled with media attention and pressures so this could be something she needs to learn to deal with.

Once she manages the outside opinions and pressures then she will be back to playing free and having fun, instead of expecting this or that. Playing without pressures was what brought her the GS win.

I think her coach is aware of this since I remember during the match vs Zhang, Sascha came on court and said, don't worry about the outcome, just focus on doing certain things and whatever the result is, we are proud of you. This makes sense why she was so emotional and upset over her mistakes during that match. She put too much pressure on herself.
 
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/wta-player-awards-2018-nominations

WTA Player of the Year

Simona Halep (ROU)
Angelique Kerber (GER)
Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

The WTA has announced today its nominees for its annual year-end player awards in the categories of Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year.

The winners will be recognized during the Gala Evening at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in Singapore on October 19, and the voting timeframe reflects success throughout the regular WTA season.

International tennis media can vote for one player in each respective category up until the close of business on Friday, October 12.The Player of the Year category features the year’s four Grand Slam champions in Simona Halep (French Open, Montreal, Shenzhen), Angelique Kerber (Wimbledon, Sydney), Naomi Osaka (US Open, Indian Wells) and Caroline Wozniacki (Australian Open, Beijing, Eastbourne), along with Petra Kvitova, who leads the tour with five WTA titles won in 2018 (St. Petersburg, Doha, Prague, Madrid, Birmingham).
 

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https://www.sportingnews.com/au/ten...reats-sascha-bajin/11by4fk4v8q3f1o3o33t5muyjf


"Naomi definitely has the game to be one of the greats," he told DAZN. "She has a huge serve, she has a big forehand, she moves really well and she understands the game right now.
"Then to understand strategy wise, [to make sure] that she understands that certain shots in certain situations are better. It doesn't always have to go as hard as she can and full out.
Use other strengths of her game, maybe some that she didn't know she had, and know that there are different types of pressure to put on your opponent."
"I do believe that there are certain things we're trying to improve on a bit more. But I don't see any limit to how many titles she can take or if she can be number one in the world. I truly believe that.
"I just hope that I'm going to be the man helping her. If not, somebody else will. I do believe that she has greatness within herself."
I hope that statement isn't a hint that they are going to quit working together.

"Everybody can beat everybody these days. We've had eight different grand slam winners in the last eight grand slams," he added. "I believe that the WTA Tour is as open as it has ever been before.

"Everybody that's going to be in Singapore can beat everybody. They all deserve to be there - they're the best eight women in the world and it's going to be very interesting.

"I think it's very hard to predict a favourite but, of course, if I put my money on it, it would be Naomi."
 
She is now in Japan, and will play an exhibition match in Nagoya with the other Japanese players such as Kei, Daniel and Nara on 25 November. With regard to the media, avoidance will be unlikely, she also trained a bit at the Evert Academy, and after Japan, the off-season training will start before she starts the season in Brisbane and Sydney.
 
She is now in Japan, and will play an exhibition match in Nagoya with the other Japanese players such as Kei, Daniel and Nara on 25 November. With regard to the media, avoidance will be unlikely, she also trained a bit at the Evert Academy, and after Japan, the off-season training will start before she starts the season in Brisbane and Sydney.
Wish she had a longer time period to rest before Brisbane, seems like the media whirl wind hasn't slowed down much.
 
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