No.2 seed Naomi Osaka did not disappoint after an unexpected second-round loss against the Czech Karolina Muchova at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. In the post-match interview, the four-time Grand Slam champion admitted that she did her best on the court and would learn lessons from her faults.
Osaka began the season during the Down Under summer series. Therein she reached the semifinal at the Gippsland Trophy and claimed her fourth Grand Slam title in the Australian Open.
Afterwards, the Japanese bowed out from the Miami Open after a quarter-final loss against Greek Maria Sakkari. Following a month of hiatus, Naomi Osaka has confidently begun her European clay-court swing at the ongoing Mutua Madrid Open.
While World No.2 quickly battled past her compatriot Misaki Doi in the opening encounter, she fell in the second round to the newest member of the Top 20, Karolina Muchova.
“I would say I have a pretty positive outlook on it because for me, my biggest things today, I know I can’t control the outcome of the match, but I can control my attitude and how hard I fought,” Naomi Osaka said after her third loss of the season.
“I Don’t Really Want Her(Karolina Muchova) on Clay Anymore”, says Naomi Osaka
After losing the first set, Osaka bounced back to capture the second set to level the score on the board. But, Muchova got back on track in the decider, fired two aces, won 93% first-serve points, and eventually levelled with Naomi(1-1) in their head-to-head series.
The US Open reigning champion continued, “For me, I thought I did that really well. Physically I don’t think I got tired. I made some pretty bad decisions point-wise, really crucial moments.”
“So I think I’ll learn from that, and hopefully– I don’t really want her on clay anymore, but maybe next time we play, I’ll make better decisions, and maybe the outcome will be in my favour that time,” Osaka added.
Naomi also highlighted her team has a master plan for healing and ahead of the Italian Open and French Open.
Japanese explained, “I’m really happy with how I was able to talk with my team after I lost and after I came off the court. We have a plan now, so I think it’s good.”
In the WTA Tournament calendar, Rome’s WTA 1000 event will occur from 10th to 16th May. On the other hand, Roland Garros begins at the end of this month in Paris.