Qualified for the quarter-finals in Miami, the Japanese, who is chasing serenity and her previous stage, shared her pleasure.
In the shadow of the profession of Iga Swiatek, who on April 4 will crown the world number one crown (one for her, as for Poland in tennis), Naomi Osaka (who took benefit of an invite from the organizers to decide on the beginning line) thrives in Miami. The Japanese passes the laps with out incident. After Australian Astra Sharma and German Angelique Kerber, she took benefit of Czech Karolina Muchova’s withdrawal, earlier than eliminating American Alison Riske.
She is in the quarter-finals (towards the American Danielle Collins, seeded n°9, finalist of the final Australian Open) with out having missed a single set. And for the first time in a yr, the former world No. 1 (24 years outdated; 77and world) sits in the quarter-finals of a serious event. After his victory in 2and flip towards Kerber, she had dropped: “ It means lots to me. She’s the first extremely expert participant I’ve overwhelmed this yr. The final time Osaka beat a top-15 ranked participant was when she knocked out then No.10 Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2021.
And show a long-forgotten pleasure. “ It’s actually humorous for me as a result of final yr I got here to the quarters (from Miami) too, however that was after successful the Australian Open and I did not really feel good, I used to be anticipating one way or the other to win. I am not in the identical place this yr. This time I’m having one of the funniest occasions of my life stated Osaka, in remarks reported by Reuters.
In the grip of painful nervousness issues dropped at mild final spring with the affair of the press conferences at Roland-Garros (earlier than the tears throughout the Tokyo Olympics the place she appeared as a logo as the final torchbearer of the flame), the Japanese had talked about her fragility, talked about “ different stages of depression ” since the US Open 2018 and difficulties in “ handle(s) one’s nervousness in public. »
Miami is an element of a stage of reconquest and plenitude, attempting to thrust back dangerous reminiscences. Heckled in Indian Wells by a spectator who had thrown “ You are bad » during his 2and lost round against the Russian Veronika Kudermetova, Naomi Osaka had, after drying her tears, indicated that she had “ began working with a therapist and recounted: She instructed me about methods, respiratory deeply, resetting the counters when vital… I’m beginning to notice how a lot all of this may also help me. I’m comfortable to have round me individuals who inspired me to go on this course. »
Before discovering, for a spot in the final 4 in Miami, Danielle Collins whom she beat throughout their two conferences on the circuit, Naomi Osaka summarized: “ Honestly, I do not suppose an excessive amount of about the previous. I do know she’s playing extremely properly proper now and for me a participant evolves over time so it is undoubtedly going to be a really completely different recreation. »
The quarter-finals: Bencic (Sui, 22)-Saville (Aus); Osaka (Jap)-Collins (USA, 9); Badosa (Spain)-Pegula (USA, 6); Kvitova (Rtc, 28)-Swiatek (Pol, 2).