Naomi Osaka described her decision-making as ‘questionable’ despite winning her 22nd straight win on Friday.
The world number two beat Ajla Tomljanovic, 7-6, 6-4 in the Miami Open second round, despite being a little short of producing her best tennis.
Osaka has not actually lost for over a year, although that is largely due to the lengthy break while tennis came to terms with the initial outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I was feeling a bit nervous,” Osaka, who last lost to Sara Sorribes Tormo at the Billie Jean King Cup in February 2020, said.
“I saw a lot of fans out there. My decision-making on some shots was kind of questionable.
Despite those nervy moments, it Osaka’s serve that managed to get her out of trouble, as it so often does.
“I served really well when I needed to. Unfortunately I got broken a couple of times, but I think when it really, really mattered, I was able to serve well, so I’m happy with that.”
“This is my first match since Australia, so I just really wanted to play well
“I kind of feel like I’m at home here, because I grew up [near here] for most of my life.”
Osaka will now face Serbian qualifier Nina Stojanovic for a spot in the next round.
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