To the happiness and dissatisfaction of many, Naomi Osaka has made her choice. It depends on who you ask. She decided to speak only with her tennis racket at the moment. And in her first match at Roland Garros since 2019, she was a huge success, second seed Osaka. Entered the second round with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over world number 63 Patricia Maria Tig.
It was a helpful start after an unpleasant period for her on clay, Osaka dominated 23-1in hardcore since the pandemic disappeared. But on clay, she is 2-2. She often cites her decision not to compete in the juniors as one of the reasons for her unfamiliarity.
Clay tennis creates many obstacles for big and fast court players like Osaka. The surface dulls her power and reduces the impact of her serve while rewarding topspin and those who master specific movements on the surface. However, this encounter emphasizes that her own movement also It must have been a major obstacle for her.
Since the beginning of the competition Osaka chose one plan to protect her fickle movements. That is, she controls whenever she can. Osaka won 39 winners. She finished with 89% of the points winning on her first serve despite the fact that she was stunned. with only one ace This shows how effective the Quick Serve setting plus the Forehand service is.
As the race progressed, however, the Romanians began to force themselves Tig to take more risks at the base line. She hits more And she destroys Osaka by shooting enough drops. As Osaka enters the match trying to slide even awkward in most shots Spending longer on her hind feet caused her to lose confidence in her movements. She gradually began to return to inefficient steps every time she changed direction. She closed the second set in a tiebreak simply because her serve and shot power were consistent enough to see her pass.
One of the many logistical questions about Osaka’s decision not to speak to the media in Paris is what she gave in for an interview. The function of the media is not just to hold a press conference with written journalists. It also includes an on-court interview immediately after the match and a televised interview with the official match broadcaster.
Osaka opted for interviews only with former on-field player Fabrice Santoro. He asked three questions: On Mother’s Day, back to Roland Garros and how she adapted her game to clay. The third question might be the one she hopes to avoid. And she’s good at avoiding it: “I think it’s work in progress,” she says. “Hopefully the more you play, the better.”
that’s all No one will see Osaka until she faces another Romanian Ana Bogdan in the second round. The biggest test for her was 23-year-old Spaniard Paula Badosa, who recorded a 14-2 record on clay this year and appeared in the third round. There will be many question marks. Her answer will only be heard in court.
As many Grand Slam champions move into the second round The other was easily dismissed by an inexperienced challenger. Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelic Kerber held the third-highest major title in the past decade. after Serena Williams and Osaka She’s still in a slump and at 33, it’s hard not to wonder if there will be any further recovery.
After beating world number 66 Bernarda Pera 6-0, 6-4 in this year’s Australian Open, Kerber also launched a third successive first-round Grand Slam win in a similar fashion as she trailed 6-2, 5-0 to No. 139 Anhelina Kalinina.
At best, Kerber is one of the biggest athletes on tour. She was satisfied with the countless draws of the ball. Absorbing every step her opponent made. and her ability to veer the ball flawlessly while fully stretching and running.
This is because Kerber’s physical condition naturally declines with age. So are the rest of her games. Kerber is 11-12 years old since the tour break. And she’s never been a threat to her old rivals since the start of 2019. Her 27th ranking is heavily backed by an epidemic rating – she is 45th in this year’s WTA tournament.
There’s nowhere to hide these days. Kalinina, 24, reached the main draw with just one win before and she’s never reached the top 100, but she’s in a 13-match winning streak after winning an ITF class. Twice bottom before qualifying in Paris
After looking very indifferent and free for the match, Kerber found a lack of energy and won four games in a row by the end. It wasn’t enough. Kalinina closed out the biggest win of her career 6-2, 6-4, although she was frustrated, but Kerber later explained that she trained much better than she had played before. And she hopes that she will improve her beloved lawn. Time will tell.