World No. 1 Thinking Led To My Madrid Exit – Osaka
By: Francis Joseph
WTA’s World number one, Naomi Osaka has said, that she thinking about retaining her number one world ranking led to her loosing her Madrid Open quarter-final.
Osaka led by a break in the final set and served for the match, but Bencic fought back to win 3-6 6-2 7-5.
After the loss she said “People have been telling me if I get to the semis I can stay number one, so I wanted to do that,” Osaka said.
“I wanted to do that and I was thinking about that while I was playing, which wasn’t necessarily a good thing.”
Osaka secured the number one ranking when she won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.
Simona Halep could replace Osaka at the top of the rankings if she wins the title in Madrid.