Roland Garros, WTA > Osaka, on her chances at Roland Garros: “Sometimes, I tell myself that Ostapenko won Roland Garros”

Roland Garros, WTA > Osaka, on her chances at Roland Garros: “Sometimes, I tell myself that Ostapenko won Roland Garros”
Roland Garros, WTA > Osaka, on her chances at Roland Garros: “Sometimes, I tell myself that Ostapenko won Roland Garros”

Returning to competition this year, after giving birth to her first child, Naomi Osaka has been starting her clay court season for several weeks. A surface on which she is not successful.

After her victory against Clara Burel in the first round of the WTA 1000 in Rome, the Japanese was present at a press conference. Asked about her chances of performing at Porte d’Auteuil, when she has never done better than a third round, the 173e world player took the opportunity to slip a subtle tackle on Jelena Ostapenko.

“It was quite difficult for me because in my last match in Madrid I was a lot more defensive than I would have liked. To be honest, I don’t know if it was because of the clay. I think I just wanted to play a few more rallies with her. Today I told Wim (his trainer) that I wanted to come out stronger. It was not the case. Sometimes I tell myself that Ostapenko won Roland‐Garros and that perhaps I should stand my ground. To be honest, I don’t really try to hit the ball. This is exactly what is happening. I think for me, I just want to put more spin on the ball while spinning it more. I think when I finally get there it will obviously be very heavy, so I think it will be my clay court tennis.”declared the four-time Grand Slam champion.

Published on Thursday May 9, 2024 at 3:35 p.m.

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