(Reuters) – Naomi Osaka had grown so accustomed to dominating that she was not instantly certain what classes to take after her 23-match profitable streak got here to an abrupt finish in quarter-final motion on the Miami Open on Wednesday.
Osaka, the reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion whose final loss got here in February 2020, was overwhelmed 6-0 6-4 by Greek twenty third seed Maria Sakkari.
“I really feel like even in the event you’re not enjoying nice it’s best to nonetheless discover methods to win. I am looking for methods to do this,” Osaka mentioned.
“Hopefully, I do not lose like this a pair extra occasions, however I believe the extra occasions that stuff like this occurs, the extra I am going to be taught from it.”
The Japanese second seed’s early exit additionally ended any hopes she had of reclaiming the world primary rating from Australian Ash Barty, who has moved into the Miami semi-finals.
For the primary time because the WTA Tour resumed play final July, the highest rating may have modified arms in Miami however for that to occur Osaka wanted to a minimum of attain the ultimate.
Osaka, who has regarded calm and picked up in a number of high-pressure conditions on court docket whereas profitable 4 Grand Slam titles, admitted that each one the speak about rankings could have gotten the higher of her.
“It is onerous to say, however I do assume just like the final time I used to be on this seat I wasn’t actually considering in any respect about rankings, however somebody requested me that query, so then I did begin to ponder about it rather a lot,” mentioned Osaka.
“So possibly unwillingly that put strain on myself. However I really feel like even when it did, I ought to be capable of rise above that.”
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