Naomi Osaka saw her 14 match undefeated streak coming to an end in the semi-finals of the Brisbane Open.
After the match, Naomi Osaka confessed that fatigue had finally caught up with her.
Naomi Osaka blamed the length of the match and the excruciating tournament in general for her loss.
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“In the third set, I was just lingering too much on the match point that I missed. And I played like so many three sets, my body was kind of like, why, like why are you doing this again? Yeah. That’s basically what happened.”
Osaka is justified in saying this as the Japanese survived three consecutive three-setters before her exciting contest with Pliskova. In fact, Osaka was on the verge of a finals berth when she was serving for the match at 7-6(10), 6-5.
However, the Czech roared back into the match by first breaking Osaka’s serve and forced a tiebreak.
The final set was a cakewalk for Pliskova as the fatigue finally got to Osaka. In fact, the Czech hit eight of her 15 aces in the last set.
Karolina Pliskova is all set to go up against the young American sensation Madison Keys in the finals of the Brisbane international. Madison defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-2,6-3 in the semi-finals of the tournament.
The winner of the tournament will gain immense confidence going into the Australian Open. The first grand slam of the year is now closer than ever.
In fact, the women’s competition is getting more and more exciting. With Serena Williams firing on all cylinders with her tremendous victory over Amanda Anisimova and players like Ashley Barty being upset, the field looks pretty open. Don’t be surprised if a surprise winner springs up.
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