Osaka struggling to‘prove herself ’after US Open win
Naomi Osaka says the pressure of expectation after her US Open win is causing her “stress” as the Japanese world number six tries to “prove” herself.
The 20-year-old’s first Grand Slam win last month was overshadowed by Serena Williams’ row with the umpire.
“I think definitely as the weeks go by, I have this feeling of wanting to prove myself,” said Osaka.
“I think that takes a toll a little bit because I stress myself out.”
Osaka missed out on becoming the first player in 2018 to reach three consecutive finals, losing 6-4 6-4 to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing.