Naomi Osaka left the court, headed to the locker room and lay down with a towel over her face. Osaka was forced to contemplate her second straight first-round loss at a Grand Slam tournament after she was beaten by another big hitter, Daniel Collins, at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Collins reached his first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in January, defeating Osaka 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a shot-making showdown that ended in Flushing from Tuesday to Wednesday, followed by a similar hard-court win. Showed talent…meadow.
I’m the type of person who overthinks and overthinks. Sometimes during a match you have to tell yourself to stop thinking and follow your instincts, said Osaka, who has been suffering from back pain lately. I feel like I need to cool down a bit because there is so much mess.
Osaka took two long mental health breaks last season, including after her third-round loss in New York. This season, Osaka lost in the first round of the French Open, the third round in Australia, and didn’t even play at Wimbledon.
Lately I have felt really constrained. “I don’t really know why,” Osaka said. I’m starting to feel like I can’t hit the shots I know I can, especially my forehand.
She is currently ranked 44th.
This was the sort of matchup Osaka dominated on this surface against this particular player. Osaka won every set he won the US Open in 2018 and he won the US Open in 2020, the Australian Open in 2019 and he won the Australian Open in 2021, and Collins and he went 3-0 and fought each other. rice field.
But the Florida native, seeded 19th at the U.S. Open, took a break from the tour for a training block caused by a neck problem that began in July, but the effort has clearly paid off.
I felt like her plan was to put me on the field right away, so if I hit any kind of ball on her side of the court, she would hit the ball. did it pretty well, Osaka said.
Collins used his backhand to great effect, compiling 11 of his 23 winners that way.
In an on-court interview, she said she modeled the shot after her father’s favorite player, Jimmy Connors. She won big at the US Open. Thank you for calling me. … keep sharpening.
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