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French Open: Naomi Osaka wins at French Open for 1st time since 2021...

Lorenzo Musetti: Tennis...
Published Time: 26.05.2024 - 11:16:37 Modified Time: 26.05.2024 - 11:16:37

Osaka dominated the first set on a gusty Philippe Chatrier court to wrap it up in 28 minutes, but her unforced errors rose steeply in the second, allowing Bronzetti to break in the crucial game at 5-4 and force a decider. French Open, Nadal


Osaka later acknowledged that she was thinking her long stretch between victories at a Grand Slam before she regained her composure in the third set.

"I was kind of, in my head, thinking I didn't win a match in Australia, so I'd really love to win one here," she said. "Obviously that was wasn't a good train of thought. ... I kind of focused on it a bit too much instead of trying to play point by point, and I think towards the end I was able to erase that thought from my head."

Osaka dominated the first set on a gusty Philippe Chatrier court to wrap it up in 28 minutes, but her unforced errors rose steeply in the second, allowing Bronzetti to break in the crucial game at 5-4 and force a decider.

But Osaka, 26, got back on track in the deciding set and had the opportunity to break for a 5-0 lead but appeared to implode as world No. 67 Bronzetti clawed her way back into the contest.

"I'm honestly really excited [ likely playing Swiatek]," Osaka said after her victory Sunday. "I watched her a lot when I was pregnant and honestly, I think it's an honor to play her in the French Open, because she's won more than once here. For sure, it's a very big honor and challenge for me."

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