Poor at­ti­tude cost me Bris­bane semi-fi­nal - Osaka

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - AFP

BRIS­BANE - Reign­ing US Open cham­pion Naomi Osaka said her poor at­ti­tude cost her dur­ing her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Le­sia Tsurenko in yes­ter­day's Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional semi­fi­nals.

Osaka went into the match as firm favourite but looked flat from the out­set as Tsurenko raced through the match in just 65 min­utes.

The Ja­panese star, who burst to promi­nence with her event­ful US Open fi­nal win over Ser­ena Wil­liams, made 26 un­forced er­rors and was bro­ken three times in a dis­ap­point­ing dis­play.

She said af­ter the match that she didn't know how to cope once things started to go against her.

"If I'm be­ing re­ally frank, I just feel like I had the worst at­ti­tude to­day," she said.

"I feel like I didn't re­ally know how to cope with not play­ing well.

"I was sulk­ing a lit­tle bit, and like there are mo­ments that I tried not to do that, but then the ball wouldn't go in, and then I would go back to be­ing, like, child­ish and stuff.

"I feel like last year I did a lot of that," she added.

"I'm try­ing to change it more, and I think I have."

But Osaka said yes­ter­day's loss was prob­a­bly a bet­ter learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence than if she had made the fi­nal.

"I think to­day I learned... what I can do to im­prove the si­t­u­a­tion," she said.

The 29-year-old Tsurenko, who will now rise to a ca­reer-high world rank­ing of 24, said she had adopted a new game plan dur­ing the off-sea­son.

"I feel bet­ter with my serve and that I am mov­ing well," she said.

"I feel more strong now, so I can kind of han­dle ev­ery kind of pres­sure on court, even when some­one like Naomi is play­ing re­ally strong.

"I can re­ally stay there and I can be ag­gres­sive also."

Tsurenko will play ei­ther fifth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova or Croa­tia's Donna Ve­kic in to­day's fi­nal.

US Open cham­pion Naomi Osaka.

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