Naomi Osaka insisted her preliminary focus was not on profitable the Australian Open regardless of a change in expectations.
Osaka, 21, enters the year’s first grand slam after a stellar 2018 that included profitable the U.S. Open in September.
The Japanese star had not gone past the fourth round of a significant before that run, having made the final 16 in Melbourne final year.
Asked about her expectations, Osaka mentioned it was finest to not suppose too far forward.
“I’ve to take it one step at a time. No one needs to lose within the first round of a slam, I believe. That can be my fast goal,” she instructed a information convention on Saturday.
“From there, I’ve been within the third round 100 million occasions already. That can be my subsequent goal. Hopefully semis after that. Then I can take into consideration, like, the finals and profitable.
“There’s so many good players on this draw, I do know that everybody needs to win this event. My first, fast thought is not to win.”
What did Naomi Osaka rise up to within the offseason?
“I had a pocket book, so each night time before mattress I’d write jokes so I can current them to you guys.”
Journalist: are you able to give us one?
“That was a joke, I’m sorry.”
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 12, 2019
Osaka will face Magda Linette within the first round, and her solely earlier assembly together with her resulted in a three-set defeat in Washington final year.
The world No. four recalled that encounter and mentioned making fewer errors can be a key.
“It was the first match of my three-match dropping streak. I believed that she performed rather well. She’s a really constant player. She does not actually miss balls,” Osaka mentioned.
“At the time it was form of me that was making a variety of unforced errors. I believe that is one thing that I want to bear in mind the following time I play her, which is on Tuesday.
“I really feel like I’ve to follow a variety of returns and stuff.”