Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round match against Romania's Patricia Maria Tig. Photo: Christian Hartmann/AFP
Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round match against Romania's Patricia Maria Tig. Photo: Christian Hartmann/AFP

'Work in progress' Naomi Osaka lets racquet do talking at French Open

By AFP Time of article published May 30, 2021

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PARIS - World number two Naomi Osaka let her racquet do the talking at the French Open on Sunday when she reached the second round with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Romania's Patricia Maria Tig.

The 23-year-old Japanese star, a four-time Grand Slam title winner, has refused to carry out media obligations at the tournament, claiming news conferences are detrimental to her mental health.

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However, she did agree to a quick on-court television interview after Sunday's win.

"For me, playing on clay is a work in progress," said the reigning US and Australian Open champion on a sun-kissed Court Philippe Chatrier.

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"Hopefully the more I play, the better I will become. It's a beautiful court. I've only played two matches here, one before the roof and one now so hopefully I'll keep it going."

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Osaka, who has never got past the third round in Paris, fired 39 winners but committed 35 unforced errors against her 63rd-ranked opponent.

Next up for the second seed is another Romanian player, Ana Bogdan.

AFP

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