‘World number one not a straightforward goal right now,’ claims Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka says she is not allowing herself to think too much about regaining her world number one spot.

The Japanese star can theoretically climb above Ashleigh Barty this week in Miami to the top of the rankings, and no one would begrudge her it given she has won the last two Grand Slams she has played.

Osaka has been world number one before, in 2019, although at the time she said she mentally struggled with the pressures that came with it.

However, she now feels more prepared for it, and she has set her sights on the world number one spot again.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a case of ‘been there, done that’,” Naomi Osaka said.

“I understand what an honour it would be to be number one. But, for me, I have realised that my mind does not function well if I keep thinking about all the things that could be.

“So right now I’m just thinking of playing this tournament and every round I play is against a really tough opponent.

“So I’m trying to take it round by round and hopefully it will lead me to the finals or to win, and I know that if you win more tournaments you will get the opportunity to be world number one.

“But I’m not just taking it as a straightforward goal right now.”

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