In a press convention in Rome, Naomi Osaka was requested about Serena Williams' gentle schedule. The Japanese participant is just not stunned at seeing the American taking part in so few tournaments. "I didn't know that she had bodily issues lately. I don't know as a result of, for me, ever since I used to be younger, I do know she doesn't play that many tournaments. I didn't actually suppose an excessive amount of about it. I do know that she performs the tournaments earlier than the Grand Slams, then she wins the Grand Slams. That's type of what she does. I didn't actually suppose an excessive amount of about it."
How vital is it for Osaka to nonetheless be no. 1 after this match? "For me, I actually need to be no. 1 for (the) French Open. That's one among my largest objectives. On the similar time, I do know there are steps that I’ve to take to succeed in that objective. One of many steps is, like, taking part in properly as a result of I have to play properly to win the matches. Yeah, after all, I'm considering short-term and long-term. I positively am serious about protecting the no. 1 rating."
Osaka additionally shared how he will get perceived by some folks: "I simply really feel prefer it's the best way not essentially the way you understand your self however how different folks understand your self, even outdoors of tennis. Like persons are speaking or no matter, after which they might be speaking about you. I really feel like there's a giant distinction between saying no. 1 on the earth versus no. 2. You understand what I imply?"