Tennis darling Naomi Osaka, 22, blows up after being requested a ‘tremendous bizarre’ query about global no.1 Ash Barty
- ‘It is tremendous bizarre. Folks stay asking me questions like we are opponents’: Osaka
- Reigning champion laughs off concept that she’s been ‘tracking’ Ash Barty
- Osaka performs Czech global No.57 Maria Bouzkova on Monday in first identify defence
- $Four million up for grabs on the Australian Open which runs till February 2
Reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has taken goal at ‘tremendous bizarre’ query about whether or not she has been ‘tracking’ global no.1 Ash Barty.
The 22-year-old Eastern famous person close down tips the pair have been opponents when she was once requested if she was once retaining shut tabs on Barty’s development.
‘It is tremendous bizarre. Folks stay asking me questions like we are opponents or one thing,’ Osaka stated on Saturday.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka tells a press convention on Saturday it is ‘tremendous bizarre’ that folks stay asking her about Ash Barty forward of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne
‘She’s within the finals of Adelaide presently, proper? Yeah, I feel clearly she’s a really perfect participant. She’s the No.1 ranked participant on this planet.
‘We have performed actually shut fits. What was once the query? Sorry. I have been simply caught in this ‘tracking’ factor, like do I’ve monitors of her fits or one thing.’
Seeded 3rd within the loaded height part of the draw, Osaka may just face seven-times champion Serena Williams within the quarter-finals and Barty within the semis.
Ash Barty, the sector’s top-seeded singles feminine participant would be the megastar to overcome
Naomi Osaka, glamorous in white. The 22-year-old stated she isn’t ‘tracking’ Ash Barty
The 22-year-old stated she was once feeling simply as assured heading into the Open as she did 12 months in the past, but in addition a lot more acutely aware of the risks forward.
‘Remaining yr I believe like I used to be younger. I used to be simply this younger child that was once going out like my function was once to win, and I wasn’t going to let the rest forestall me,’ Osaka stated.
‘I believe like now I admire extra each unmarried win as a result of I do know what it took to get it.
‘After all I wish to win each fit and I wish to pass available in the market and do this. That is what I am right here for.
‘I feel perhaps ultimate yr I used to be a bit bit extra fearless.’
After spending her occupation hiring and firing like few others, Osaka has connected with the extremely revered Wim Fissette, the previous trainer of a couple of grand slam champions Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber.
Osaka stated she was once feeling simply as assured heading into the Open as she did 12 months in the past
‘Simply wisdom,’ the 22-year-old stated when requested what she was once in search of within the Belgian mentor.
‘He is had numerous revel in with earlier gamers. I anticipated numerous data for him to grasp, like what he was once speaking about.
‘Identical to having the ability to appreciate … I will consider him. I believe adore it’s been understanding neatly, even supposing we have performed one event in combination.’
Osaka will open her identify defence on Monday towards Czech global No.57 Maria Bouzkova.
The 2020 Australian Open provides prize cash of $4.1 million for the winner of the lads’s or ladies’s singles whilst the runner-up wins $2 million, it says on its web page.
The contest continues till February 2.