Osaka strug­gling to‘prove her­self ’af­ter US Open win

Sunday Trust - - FEVERPITCH -

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.

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