“Feel A Bit Similar”: Naomi Osaka Reacts To Maria Sakkari Halted Her 23-Match Win Streak at Miami Open 2021


Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

Former World No.1 Naomi Osaka’s 23-match winning streak concluded at the Miami Open 2021 quarterfinals, following a straight-sets(6-0, 6-4) loss against Maria Sakkari. However, Naomi Osaka compared this loss with her another shocking defeat at the 2020 Australian Open against Coco Gauff. 

“I feel a bit similar to when I lost to Coco in Australia, but I think in this match, it’s different. I feel I played worse here possibly, but I fought more”, Osaka said after the match. 

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“I Don’t Lose Like This A Couple More Times”: Naomi Osaka

Greek took an hour and 9 minutes to overcome the three-time Grand Slam champion in Miami Garden. It was the first loss for Osaka since the 2020 Australian Open third round. But, the 23-year-old Japanese still leads Sakkari 3-2 in their head-to-head series.   

The 2021 Australian Open title winner continued, “So I think I am improving in that way because I feel like even if you’re not playing great, you should still find ways to win. I’m trying to find ways to do that.

“Hopefully, I don’t lose like this a couple more times, but I think the more times that stuff like this happens, the more I’ll learn from it,” Osaka added.

“I’m Not Sure How Many Times I Have Done This Result”: Osaka

Since the beginning of the 2018 season, Naomi Osaka lost merely 5 out of 20 quarterfinal matches. Maria Sakkari also ended Osaka’s seven consecutive quarter-finals winning streak.

When speaking about her record, Osaka expressed, “I feel like everyone’s either used to me winning a tournament or losing quite early. So getting to the quarterfinals, I’m not sure how many times I have done this result.”

“But if I look at it as a whole, I’m happy with how I did. I feel like even though I wasn’t feeling that comfortable on this surface, I managed to get quite far, even though I only played two matches,” the Japanese concluded.

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