“I learned a Lot”: Naomi Osaka Opens Up on her Shocking Defeat at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/20/2021, 1:36 AM EDT
Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) reacts during a change of ends against Jil Teichmann (SUI) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


Fans continue to feast their eyes with non-stop action flowing in from Cincinbati. Both ATP and WTA stars battle it for a shot at the title, as they look to find solid form ahead of the US Open. Notably, a round of 16 clash sent fans into a frenzy as World No. 2 Naomi Osaka took on Swiss international Jil Teichmann.

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It was all guns blazing as the two athletes geared up to face each other. Courtesy of their form so far in the tournament, the odds were pretty even. Regardless, the final scoreline left fans in disbelief as the favorite, Naomi Osaka, bowed out of the tournament, losing the game she was once in control of. Reflecting upon her defeat, she explained what the problem was according to her.

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“I was a bit too defensive maybe”- Naomi Osaka

The Japanese international took the game head-on, winning the first set in dominant style. Known for her lethal attack, she ran riot on the court and gained the upper hand in the match. Surprisingly however, she couldn’t keep up the intensity and gifted away the match to Teichmann.

Opening up on the same, she talked about her shocking defeat. Osaka said, “She played really well. I thought in the 1st set I was doing everything I was supposed to do, and then in the 2nd and 3rd set I felt like I was a bit too defensive maybe. I learned a lot from the match”

Undoubtedly, the Swiss international deserves all the credit in the world for her incredible comeback. She not only snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and but did it in style. Giving Osaka a run for her money, she turned the game on its course and bagged the all-important win, progressing into the quarter-finals of the tournament.

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Lost the game, but won hearts for sure

The 23-year-old has been at the center of world headlines, for all things good and controversial. However, in a display of her compassion, she once again won hearts as she came to the aid of those suffering around the world. Responding to the devastation caused by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, Naomi recently announced that she would donate all her prize money from Cincinnati to those suffering in her father’s homeland.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar

As she now moves on and prepares to defend her title at the US Open, Naomi will surely be a fan favorite. Despite her recent run of form, she remains one to look out for. However, will she increase her tally, or does another disappointment await? Fans wonder with uncertainty.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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