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Tennis – Former World No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario has mentioned that present World No. 1 Naomi Osaka is dealing with the stress of being the top-ranked participant after successful successive Grand Slams on the US Open and Australian Open. Talking to reporters in India, the place she is at present selling the TCS World 10Ok occasion, the Spaniard commented, "It occurs to everybody. Once you attain primary, the stress is double and everybody desires to beat you. It’s laborious to place all of it collectively however when you’re prepared for it… it’s a special story. If she’s freed from damage then undoubtedly she’s the participant to look at after the domination of Serena Williams. If she’s wholesome, (Osaka is) one of many title contenders."

Since successful the title in Melbourne, Osaka withdrew from the Qatar Open with a again downside in February and the Stuttgart occasion with a stomach damage in Might. She additionally misplaced to Kristina Mladenovic in her first match again in Dubai, to Belinda Bencic within the Indian Wells spherical of 16 and the Madrid Open quarter-finals and to Hsieh Su-Wei within the Miami Open. On the ongoing Italian Open in Rome, Osaka pulled out of her quarter-final match towards Kiki Bertens, of Netherlands,, within the quarter-finals on Friday.

The Spaniard, herself, received the French Open on the age of 17 in 1989 when she defeated Steffi Graf within the last and went on to grow to be World No. 1 a couple of years later. She ended her profession with four Grand Slam singles titles and 6 Wimbledon doubles titles.

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