The WTA 1000 in Madrid has begun, where she will see the number one in the world at the starting line and among the favorites of the tournament Iga Swiatek. In the press conference for the presentation of the tournament, Naomi Osaka said she is eager to do well on clay after reaching the final of the Miami Open a few weeks ago.
The Japanese tennis player has revealed that she has seen and tried to take a couple of shots from the repertoire on clay-courts of Rafael Nadal who is unanimously considered the strongest player of all time on this surface.
She said: "I think I stole one of the things that Rafael Nadal puts into practice and I practiced recently. Either it will go very well or it will go very badly, there is no middle ground. I did during training will be pretty good."
Naomi Osaka has also tried the left handed these days
If Naomi Osaka has had the best fortunes and satisfactions of her career so far on hard courts, the same cannot be said for clay.
The Japanese, in fact, never went beyond a third round at Roland Garros and in all the events on red, which she participated, she never touched the final and consequently the victory of a tournament. "Honestly, I've always wanted to see clay players train, the really good ones, because I feel like I'm the kind of person who learns really fast if you see them train up close.
It's a bit of a waste to have all these great professional tennis players. and don't look at them. I wanted to see Carlos Alcaraz, so it would be nice to see all the training." During the interview, Osaka was asked if she plans to show some tennis skills similar to Nadal's.
While admitting that she trained with her left hand, the Japanese said it is unlikely that she will try to imitate the twenty-one-time slam winner will show soon: "I did it only for technical reasons. If I hit the forehand with my left hand, it is easier to hit the backhand.
Among other things, I know that every child who grows up playing tennis in the world has pretended to be Nadal at least once. "