Naomi Osaka scored a remarkable comeback win over Garbine Muguruza before admitting she felt intimidated by the Spaniard’s form.
Muguruza, who reached the final in Melbourne last year but lost to Sofia Kenin, came into the match on the back of some excellent performances in the tournament so far.
Although that form was no better than Osaka’s, the humble Japanese admitted she adjusted her game to deal with Muguruza, attempting to force the pace more than usual.
That strategy naturally produced more unforced errors than usual, and they looked to be very costly when Muguruza earned two match points on the Osaka serve in the decider.
Somehow, though, Osaka managed to save match points and win four games in a row to seal a remarkable victory.
“THE BEST OF THE MATCH!”
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) February 14, 2021
“I feel like I was a bit intimidated because I knew she was playing really well coming into this match,” Osaka said.
“For me, I feel like in the stressful points, I feel like I have to go within myself and I know that today I probably hit a lot of unforced errors.
“I think it was something I needed to do because I couldn’t really give her any shortfalls because she would finish it.”
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