Osaka vows to block out negatives after toughest year

Tennis: Naomi Osaka joins top players in relief effort for Australian fires

"It's really weird", said a smiling Osaka, who became the first player since American Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to follow her maiden Grand Slam win immediately with another triumph when she claimed last year's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Williams has tried a limited schedule but her play lacked sharpness.

Mair is the phenom who called Andreescu winning the 2019 U.S. Open at 20-1, one year after calling Osaka to win that event at 32-1.

"Last year I feel like I was young", the Japanese said was a smile.

The popular Romanian, the WTA Fans' Favourite for the last three years, may ultimately take on No6 seed Belinda Bencic, who won last year's WTA Comeback award, in the quarter-finals.

She has, though, reached four major finals - two Wimbledon and two US Opens - since then which, according to Eurosport tennis expert Justine Henin, can not be easily dismissed.

Criticism aside, Naomi's photo with Serena was taken at a charity tennis match in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday, January 15. So I hope that I can keep growing. I know you're rooting for it, but let's make it the best moment we can.

Osaka had been without a coach since September, when she split with Jermaine Jenkins.

The competition continues until February 2.

Instead, Mair loves a massive long shot who's "on the cusp of breaking through to win a Grand Slam and looks like an incredible value to do so in Australia". "Even at 22, she puts her goals very high", said Fissette.

Naomi and Maria have never played with each other so far.

"But I think every year I get more comfortable on the tour, so hopefully that somewhat translates into my matches".

'Of course I want to win every match and I want to go out there and do that.

Significantly wiser for the experiences of the previous 12 months and with her biggest weapon, the serve, working magnificently, Osaka is in an excellent position to win a major from which Andreescu is conspicuous by her absence due to a knee issue.

Naomi Osaka is about to start her title defense at the Australian Open where she will face Marie Bouzkova in the first round.

Osaka, though, has the game and now, crucially, the temperament to overcome all those challenges.

The 22-year-old also lost her top ranking before disappointing in her US Open title defence.



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