Naomi Osaka admits European season hurt her after Belinda Bencic ends US Open defence
Naomi Osaka insists she is ‘not that mad’ after losing both her US Open crown and world number one ranking in her defeat to Belinda Bencic.
The Japanese star had to successfully defend the points she won by winning the tournament last year to have any hope of holding onto her ranking.
That quest was ended by Bencic though, who came out on top in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.
“Right now I have this feeling of sadness, but I also feel like I have learned so much during this tournament,” Osaka said.
“Honestly, of course I wanted to defend this tournament.
“I feel like the steps that I have taken as a person have been much greater than I would imagine at this point.
“So I hope that I can keep growing. I know that if I keep working hard, then of course I’ll have better results.”
Osaka endured a wretched run of form in Europe this year, which highlights her deficiencies on clay and grass, but she says she can build on her hardcourt homecoming, and look forward to the rest of the season.
— futoshijapanese (@futoshijapanese) September 2, 2019
“Honestly, I’m not that mad at this,” Osaka said. “Of course I can look at this and be very disappointed and mad, but I’m not mad at it.
“Of course I would like to reach higher, like, rounds. That’s definitely what I’ll aim for in Australia.
“But for right now, I think the level of tennis that I was playing in Europe was not that great. Coming here: two quarterfinals, Round of 16.
“Hopefully I’ll do well in Japan because I always do well in Japan, and just keep building off of it to end the season.”
Andy Murray confident ‘unbelievably bright’ Emma Raducanu will deal with her ‘little bump’ in a mature way
Andy Murray has his say on Emma Raducanu’s hiccup in Indian Wells.
Cameron Norrie holds off Roberto Bautista Agut in Indian Wells to reach last 16 of Masters event for first time
British No 2 will next meet American Tommy Paul.
Novak Djokovic and co urged to get vaccinated if they want to compete at the Australian Open
“If I was an ATP or WTA player, I’d be getting vaccinated.”
Top seed Karolina Pliskova, defending champ Bianca Andreescu and Coco Gauff all crash out
Three big names taste defeat in Indian Wells.
‘I can’t wait to go and play in the championship,’ says Emma Raducanu after signing up for lucrative event
Emma Raducanu off to Abu Dhabi just before Christmas.
Andy Murray ahead of Alexander Zverev clash in Indian Wells: ‘I wouldn’t say we are best friends’
Alexander Zverev unlikely to be on Andy Murray’s Christmas card list.
Dan Evans fails to take his chances as his run at Indian Wells comes to an end
Evans had a glimpse of a place in the last 16, but he failed to take his chances.
Andy Murray’s big hint that he might stay in tennis after he hangs up his rackets
Murray has given a big hint that he may be tempted to continue a career in tennis.
Leylah Fernandez turns on the style with thrilling comeback win at Indian Wells
Leylah Fernandez came from behind to beat ninth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Alexander Zverev looks ahead to his blockbuster with Andy Murray as he seals ATP Finals spot
Alexander Zverev overcame American Jenson Brooksby in three sets.