Naomi Osaka

World No. 1 female tennis player Naomi Osaka who had been ruled out from recently concluded Italian Open 2019, is all set to perform in French Open 2019 after a rocky clay court season. The three-time Grand Slam title winner suffered a hand injury during her clash against Kiki Bertens in quarter finals at Rome.

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The 21-year-old young tennis player said on her great comeback after injury, “I would describe my clay season as rocky. But I can’t necessarily say it’s been ups and downs because if I think about it, it’s definitely been going up”. Further, she also added, “every match I’ve played I’ve learned a lot. I’ve tried to take what I’ve learned into the next match”.

The star Japanese player had never clinched any big WTA title in the grand finale and also failing to clear Roland Garros tournament for a very long time but this time she is ready to smash the opponents with her wrist magic in French Open as she was saving her best for the biggest clay-court season of tennis.

At the time of US Open 2018, Osaka had defeated the 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the final showdown in September and with this successful win in the United States, she became the first ever Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. The splendid victory was later followed by another Grand Slam title in Australia Open in January 2019. The Japanese who reached to her first clay court semifinal match at the 2019 Stuttgart Open tournament ruled from the game due to an abdominal injury.

Earlier in this month, the star Japanese player shocked by top-ranked Swiss veteran Belinda Bencic in Madrid Open quarter-finals. The superstar female player clinched her second straight win over Osaka by 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in a close encounter. This is not the first time when Bencic cruised past the number one player as in the fourth round of Indian Wells 2019 also the Swiss veteran defeated her with a margin of 6-3, 6-1 in just 66 minutes of action.

As it is time to show her racket power in French Open, Osaka feels a little bit of pressure on her that comes with being world number one in WTA rankings. Now it would be interesting to see whether she will clinch her French Open crown against equally talented opponents or not.

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