NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka is back in grand slam action after a mental health disruption.
To get back to playing pretty well. After a fast start of her U.S. Open match in the first round on Monday night, the reigning champion won eight of the last nine games and scored a 6-4, 6-1 win over Marie Bouzkova with 87th place in the Czech Republic.
With the help of a margin that reached 120 miles per hour, Osaka saved the eight breakpoints it faced and gained a 34-10 lead in the overall winners. She hadn’t played at the French Open in one of the four main tournaments of her sport since May 30.
That day, Osaka skipped its compulsory press conference after its first-round victory in Paris and pulled a $15,000 fine and a warning from the slutts’ minds that he could be confronted with a suspension. She responded by retiring from Roland Garros and explained that she was afraid when she talked to the media and dealt with depression for years. Osaka also went outside Wimbledon.
A year ago, when she won the title at Flushing Meadows for the second time, viewers were not allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But they returned with full force on Monday, and Osaka heard a lot of support from thousands of people at Arthur Ashe stadium.
“It’s crazy to play in front of everyone again. I want to thank you for coming here. Last year, when we didn’t have a crowd, I know she felt pretty lonely for me,” she said smiling during her court interview. “I’m glad to see young children in public, and adults too, of course.” While Osaka Bouzkova’s career mark fell to 1-11 in big games, it improved theirs to 55-14, including 223 at the U.S. Open, when she tried to become the first woman with successive trophies in New York since Serena Williams in 2014 her third consecutive.
Osaka beat Williams in Ashe in the chaotic 2018 final. She also won big hard-court titles at the Australian Open in 2019 and February. “I played a lot of games in this course,” Osaka told Ashe fans. “In any case, I feel very comfortable here.” I used to be home.
She was born in Japan as the daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, and when Osaka was three years old, the family moved to Queens. They lived there until she was eight years old when they went to Florida.
Last week, Osaka went to her old neighborhood to visit the tennis courts, which paid for the renovation. “It meant a lot to me… just revisiting my old dishes and seeing familiar faces,” she said. Her game against Bouzkova was initially supposed to start around 19:30. But it only started after 9 pm, as the previous match between Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas lasted almost five hours.
When the men’s matchmaking ended. Thousands of fans had to wait with tickets to the night session to enter Ashe while cleared meeting seats and sand cleaning. Osaka was a little tentative when the game started and allowed Bouzkova to keep things close for a while.
But out of 4 of everything in the first set, it all started to follow the path to Osaka. She had fewer overall chances, only six. But she managed to convert half of them, and her quick kick and right do the rest.
Next up is Osaka, a 145th rank match against Olga Danilovic.
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