May 19, 2021

Naomi Osaka: I constantly get hurt on the clay

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka shared expectations from the tournament in Stuttgart.

“I can’t approach the tournament with the mood to just participate, but at the same time I don’t want to tune in just to win, because there are many experts on the ground, and I am not one of them. I have more experience playing other surfaces, than on the ground. Every time I go out onto the clay court, I get injured. I hope this year will not happen. But the last couple of times it’s not easy. I missed at least one tournament in each clay season.

My main goal is to avoid injuries and finish the game to “Roland Garros.” I think my style of play is open to all coverings. Despite the fact that I consistently lose in the third round of Paris, I am opposed by strong rivals who eventually pass far. I think I have a chance. Understanding what kind of punch you need to perform at a particular moment is very important to me. On the clay another rebound and you need to perform swing differently. This is different from my usual game, because I can not perform such flat blows. You also need to change the rotation. This is a nuisance, but I work in training. I hope the results will confirm this. I concentrate only on the upcoming match, I do not look forward, because I did not achieve much success here. I hope to enjoy the game and enjoy the support of German fans. The last time I performed here, I was nobody. Now I hope to have a great time, “the Tour press service quotes Naomi.

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