By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday March 31, 2021
Naomi Osaka’s 23-match profitable streak got here to a halt on Wednesday in Miami, and together with it her probabilities of reclaiming the No.1 rating. The Japanese star was knocked off by Maria Sakkari 6-0, 6-4 and afterwards said that it is not all unhealthy—there have been parts of her efficiency that she appreciated in Miami.
“I really feel I performed worse right here probably however I fought extra,” she mentioned of the quarterfinal loss on Wednesday. “So I believe I’m enhancing in that means, as a result of I really feel like even should you’re not taking part in nice it’s best to nonetheless discover methods to win. I am looking for methods to do this.”
Osaka was nonetheless entertaining hopes of ending the week at No.1, however as an alternative it is going to be Ash Barty who stays on the prime of the WTA rankings. Osaka would have had to claim the title, with Barty advancing to the semifinals already on Tuesday in Miami.
Now the World No.2, who has already spent 25 weeks at No.1; Barty will start her seventieth week at No.1 on Monday and is assured to achieve a minimum of 74 weeks.
The one feminine gamers in historical past with extra weeks at #1 than Ash Barty (74 weeks assured):
Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, Lindsay Davenport.
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) March 31, 2021
Osaka says she will be able to chalk the loss up as one other expertise and transfer on to the clay, the place the strain to carry out might be lessened by the truth that she actually isn’t thought of a power on the floor. She nonetheless hasn’t gained a title on clay and owns an 18-13 lifetime report on the floor with only one semifinal to her title. On grass she is 11-9 lifetime with one semifinal.
“Positively I might like to win a match on clay,” she mentioned. “I believe for me I will study loads from Wim [coach Wim Fissette]. “He is very energetic and excited to maneuver on to the brand new surfaces. I really feel like it doesn’t matter what I will have extra freedom on the clay courts and the grass than on laborious, as a result of I really feel like I am nonetheless studying loads on these surfaces.”