Naomi Osaka Cannot Wait to Face Iga Swiatek within the Second Spherical of the French Open – 2024-05-29 20:51:04

Japanese tennis participant Naomi Osaka(X @rolandgarros)

NAOMI Osaka feels very excited to face match favourite Iga Swiatek within the second spherical of the French Open, Wednesday (29/50.

Osaka, a former world primary, gained a match at a Grand Slam occasion for the primary time for the reason that 2022 Australian Open with a first-round victory over Lucia Bronzetti.

The Japanese tennis participant returned to motion earlier this 12 months after a 16-month absence from tennis to begin a household.

Osaka has by no means gone previous the third spherical of Roland Garros, with all 4 of her Grand Slam titles gained on onerous courts in Australia and america (US).

X @rolandgarrosPolish tennis participant Iga Swiatek

She admitted to avoiding watching the draw, however realized she might doubtlessly face Swiatek through the pre-tournament press convention.

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“I assumed, ‘Why does everybody hold asking me about this draw?’,” stated Osaka, Wednesday (29/5).

“Then I discovered that I used to be on the high of one of many attracts, so I joked, ‘Properly, it isn’t like I am combating Iga’. Then everybody went quiet. So I used to be like, ‘Oh,'” he continued.

Osaka would be the underdog in opposition to Swiatek within the pair’s first assembly on clay and solely their third match general.

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Swiatek is bidding to grow to be the fourth girl within the Open period to carry 4 Roland Garros titles and the second — after Serena Williams — to say a clay-court triple on the Madrid, Rome and French Opens in the identical season.

“To be sincere, I am very excited. I watched her loads after I was pregnant,” Osaka stated of Swiatek.

“And, actually, I feel it is an honor to face him on the French Open, as a result of he is gained greater than as soon as right here, for certain. It is an enormous honor and problem for me,” he added.

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Osaka gained her first assembly with Swiatek, then a youngster, in Toronto in 2019. In the meantime, the Pole gained her different match within the 2022 Miami Open ultimate.

Swiatek won’t take the resistance of Osaka without any consideration, who confirmed her finest efficiency in Rome earlier this month, seeing off high seeds Marta Kostyuk and Daria Kasatkina en path to the final 16.

“The matches we play on onerous courts are all the time intense and tough,” stated Swiatek, the present world primary.

“So I am blissful he is again and taking part in extra within the match than even earlier than the break.”

“These days within the ladies’s draw you’ll be able to play the Grand Slam champion early within the match.”

“It is fairly difficult as a result of you understand these gamers are very skilled. They’ve additionally achieved quite a lot of nice issues. So that they have higher confidence. So for certain it will not be straightforward,” concluded the 22 12 months outdated tennis participant. (Ant/Z-1)

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