Japanese tennis champ Naomi Osaka is back and yes she’s winning once again. The 23 year old who made her Olympic debut, being torchbearer and lighting up the cauldron, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai during the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, yesterday Sunday July 26.
She defeated Zheng Saisai of China in a 6-1, 6-4 victory. This comes nearly two months since Osaka took a break citing mental health concerns. She withdrew from the French Open in May.
“More than anything else I’m just focused on playing tennis,” Osaka said while speaking with reporters. “The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I feel like the break that I took was very needed. I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and I’m happy again.”
She added that she was “happy” that reporters were asking her questions, then added: “I feel a little bit out of my body right now.”
“There’s nothing wrong with my body, I just felt really nervous,” Osaka said. “I haven’t played since France so there were definitely some things that I did a bit wrong but I think I can improve in the matches that I continue playing.”
Osaka donned on a red dress and complemented her looks with a matching red and white braids in homage to the Japanese flag
Osaka’s match was originally scheduled to open the tournament on Saturday but then was pushed back a day before her starring role in Friday’s opening ceremony, as per CNN.
“I feel very very proud,” Osaka said, revealing that Olympic organizers asked her to handle the cauldron honors back in March.
“When I lit the flame I was super honored,” she added. “I think that’s a position that you dream about and not anyone can do it so for me when they asked me if I wanted to I was very surprised but very honored and I’m just very happy to be here and very happy to play — especially in Tokyo.”
Osaka also emerged victorious in her follow up against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.
Naomi Osaka scaled through the third round of the Olympics with a straight sets victory over Viktorija Golubic 6-3 6-2.
Osaka remarkably finished the first set with a 100% first serve percentage, winning 21 of the 26 points up for grabs on her first serve.
While Golubic kept close to Osaka in the first set, Osaka set the tone for the second set by breaking her opponent back to back, EuroSports reports.