Naomi Osaka does not like to be underestimated, and that feeling she obviously had because of Caroline Wozniacki.
The newly beaten Danish commentator had apparently hit a sore point in his predictions about the Miami Open.
– Oddly enough, I sat and watched the Tennis Channel the other day. I do not remember what day it was, but they had the tournament schedule ahead and Caroline Wozniacki was there, Osaka says, after beating Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-3.
– She then says ‘I think Kerber and Fernandez meet’. Then I thought ‘Uh, Muchova and I are not in this’. So I thought about it quite a lot when I played just before, says Osaka, who now meets Karolina Muchova in the third round.
– I do not know if that was the reason for the result. I would not say it’s a revenge, but I thought ‘I know I’ve underperformed a bit the last few months, but I still feel like I’m a good player.
– Wozniacki said with some certainty in her voice that she thought Kerber would move on. I do not know. But whatever it is, it’s my story. Sorry.
Right now, 24-year-old Osaka has eight wins and only two defeats in 2022, and she looks like one who is on her way back to the world top, where she was last number one in August 2019. However, the four-time grand slam winner is completely down as number 77 on the world rankings, after she was out for much of 2021 as a result of a fragile mind that she had to take care of.
While Wozniacki was still active, she managed to play against Osaka three times. In 2016, ‘Wozzy’ beat the Japanese 7-5, 6-3 in the final in Tokyo, and she also won the following year in Eastbourne, where it turned into a 6-2, 7-6 victory.
The last meeting between the two, however, ended with a victory for Osaka, who won the semifinal match in Beijing 6-4, 6-2.