Naomi Osaka says she feels extra snug on clay as she goals to win the French Open for the primary time in her profession.
Osaka has received the US Open and the Australian Open twice as her rise to stardom continues at a speedy charge, however she is but to get past the third spherical of the French Open. Osaka withdrew from the 2020 version of Roland-Garros resulting from a hamstring harm and had not performed on clay since 2019.
With the clay-court swing effectively underway within the build-up to the Paris Slam, which begins on Could 24, the world quantity two says she is adapting to the divisive floor.
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“The 2 matches that I misplaced, it was extra psychological than it was bodily. Like, I did not really feel uncomfortable sliding or I did not really feel that drained. So I am truly actually excited to get that mindset again and to start out feeling extra snug on clay.
“I attempt to play my pure manner. I might say if I begin fascinated by grinding an excessive amount of, I turn out to be a little bit of a pusher and it is probably not good for me. After all you need to adapt to the clay and do issues which might be helpful, however hopefully I do not change an excessive amount of.”
Osaka performs Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova within the second spherical of the Madrid Open on Sunday.
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