Naomi Osaka opens up on nerves she is feeling at US Open

Osaka determined to have a big US Open run.

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka admitted that she is feeling the anxiety ahead of the US Open as she really wants to do well at this year’s US Open. The US Open is a special place for Osaka as she captured her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2018.

Osaka, 24, is a four-time Grand Slam champion and she has two US Open titles in her collection. In 2018, Osaka picked up back-to-back first round exits in Canada and Cincinnati but then won the US Open. This year, Osaka lost her openers in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Osaka admitted that she hasn’t played well in recent weeks but is determined to have a big US Open run. “I feel like I would have lied a day ago or so and said that I was really relaxed. But actually, like, when I practiced today I felt very anxious.

I think it’s ’cause I really want to do well ’cause I feel I haven’t been doing well lately,” Osaka said, per James Gray.

Osaka handed a very tricky opener

In the US Open first round, Osaka faces this year’s Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins.

But Collins hasn’t played much over the last few months and she is set for just her first tournament this summer on hard courts. Since March, Collins has been dealing with physical setbacks and that’s the reason why she hasn’t played much lately.

Earlier this year, Osaka easily defeated Collins in straight sets in the Miami quarterfinal. Collins was clearly hampered by a neck issue and Osaka offered some empathy for the American following their match. Osaka hasn’t played well lately but at least she has had some preparation ahead of the US Open.

On the other side, Collins hasn’t played in a month and a half. Going into the match, Osaka is the slight favorite to beat Collins.

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