Australian Open: Naomi Osaka’s comeback ends in first round loss

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)– Moments after her Grand Slam resurgence finished in a first-round loss, Naomi Osaka strolled back with the gamers’ passage where her name has a famous area amongst current Australian Open champs.

Three suits right into her return from 15 months off the excursion, and 6 months after the birth of her child, Shai, Osaka shed 6-4, 7-6 (2) to 16th-seeded Caroline Garcia in a limited experience at Rod Laver Arena on Monday evening.

” The affordable in me is truly disappointed that I’m not winning these suits, obviously,” Osaka informed a post-match press conference. “So I would not state, like, this resurgence is exactly how I believed due to the fact that I’m delusional adequate to believe I can have won the competition.”

She grinned, prior to including: “I believe my deception is what enables me to win the competitions.”

Osaka won the U.S. Open in 2018 and 2020, and the Australian title in 2019 and ’21. This was the very first time she shed in the preliminary in Melbourne, where she made her launching in 2016.

She took time out from tennis for her very own wellness after first-round leaves at the French Open and U.S. Open in 2022. She’s not intending anymore breaks for currently.

” Yeah, I believe I simply need to maintain living day after day and training difficult and playing a great deal even more suits,” she claimed. “And with any luck my desires will certainly become a reality.”

The big-serving Garcia really did not offer Osaka a take a look at a breakpoint in the suit. The majority of the rallies were brief– just 3 longer than 9 shots. The mass were much less than 4. The majority of the solution holds fit– with the exception of Osaka’s one went down video game in the initial collection. That was all the distinction.

” I have a great deal of regard for Naomi as an individual and as a gamer– 15 months she’s been away,” Garcia claimed. “I’m extremely pleased to see her back. 6 months after delivering, she’s playing fairly fantastic currently. We need to beware.”

Osaka was among 3 previous Australian Open champs that went back to dip into Melbourne Park for the very first time as mothers, signing up with 2016 champion Angelique Kerber and 2018 champ Caroline Wozniacki.

The Australian Open began Sunday and will certainly be repeated 15 days for the very first time, with the preliminary spread over 3 days in a quote to reduce the late-finishing suits.

Still, it was 1:39 a.m. regional time by the time Felix Auger-Aliassime liquidated a 4-hour, 59-minute sway 2020 U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem that ended up 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (5 ), 5-7, 6-3. That suit was quickly stood up in the 4th established by a bird touchdown on the court at Margaret Court Arena and needing to be chased after off by a sphere child to giggling from the group. It after that flew around the arena briefly prior to play can proceed.

For Auger-Aliassime, the win finished a run of first-round leaves at 3 successive majors.

In the opening suit on Rod Laver, U.S. Open champ Coco Gauff required simply 60 mins to progress 6-3, 6-0 over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

The 19-year-old Gauff, that won her initial significant at the U.S. Open in September, claimed she had actually boosted self-confidence in her offer many thanks to some suggestions from Andy Roddick.

Fourth-seeded Gauff went down simply one factor on her offer in the 2nd collection and attributed Roddick, stating “he’s possibly among the very best web servers in background.”

Wimbledon champ Marketa Vondrousova really did not make it past the preliminary, shedding 6-1, 6-2 to Dayana Yastremska and having problem with a hip injury.

A 3rd 16-year-old got to the 2nd round, with Mirra Andreeva defeating 29-year-old Bernarda Pera 7-5, 6-2 to establish a second-round suit with sixth-seeded Ons Jabeur, a three-time runner-up at Grand Slams.

Alina Korneeva and Brenda Fruhvirtova, both additionally 16, progressed after their initial Grand Slam primary draw wins on Sunday.

” I’m truly delighted for this,” Andreeva claimed concerning playing Jabeur. “I claimed lot of times prior to that she’s the gamer that I was respecting. I truly like the means she plays. I’m certain it’s mosting likely to be an excellent suit.”

Australia’s latest top-10 gamer, Alex de Minaur, progressed after previous Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic relinquished their suit. De Minaur was leading 6-7 (6 ), 6-3, 2-0 when the big-serving Canadian retired with an injury.

Third-seeded Daniil Medvedev, the 2021 and 2022 finalist at Melbourne Park, additionally progressed when his challenger relinquished their suit.

Medvedev had actually gone down the initial collection yet was leading 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 1-0 when the 22-year-old Terence Atmane stopped due to pains.

” When I was really feeling tired in the 3rd collection, I searched for the various other end and saw he was constraining,” Medvedev claimed. “The problems were great yet it has actually not been warm these 7 days and after that it was warm today, so you obtain even more stressed out.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas, that shed in 2015’s Australian last to Novak Djokovic, progressed with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 sway Zizou Bergs.

Stan Wawrinka, that won the 2014 Australian title, was defeated 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 by Adrian Mannarino. That left 10-time champion Djokovic as the only Australian champ left in the guys’s draw.

Five-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray shed to Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 and claimed it may be the last time he competitions the period’s initial significant.


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