Tearful Osaka joins Hingis in first round exit humiliation
Naomi Osaka’s bid to win a third Grand Slam title came to a premature end on Monday when she lost to Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the first round leaving her on the verge of tears.
The 21-year-old second-seeded Japanese became the first top-two seed to lose in the first round at Wimbledon in the women’s singles since top-seeded Martina Hingis bowed out in 2001.
The loss came as a crushing blow to the US Open and Australian Open champion who cut short her post match press conference.
“Can I leave? I feel like I’m about to cry,” she said.
Osaka, who was constantly staring and picking at her racket throughout the match after playing a poor point, said she had felt a weight lifted from her after losing her number one world ranking last month.
But it did not show against a talented opponent on Centre Court.
Osaka, who had complained at the French Open that the top ranking had provoked severe headaches and stress, says she has to fathom how to relax more on court after a string of unenforced errors at crucial moments undermined any hopes of a comeback against her opponent.
“The key for me was having fun, I guess learning how to have fun, kind of taking pressure off myself,” she said.
“I hope I can somehow find a way to do that.”……..read more
Source: Yahoo News