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Naomi Osaka vs Anastasia Potapova LIVE


Madrid Open LIVE: Naomi Osaka is all set to make her clay court debut this season as she takes on qualifier Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Masters on Friday (29 April). Osaka who finsihed as the runner-up at Miami Open, makes a return to the circuit at Marid after a short break. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates.

Madrid Open LIVE: Naomi Osaka firm favourite against qualifier Anastasia Potapova in first round of Madrid Open – Follow Osaka vs Potapova LIVE updates

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  • Naomi Osaka is looking to get back on track after undergoing a battle with metal health last year.
  • Her best performance so far is the runners-up finish at Miami, where she lost to Iga Swiatek in straight sets in the final.
  • Her next best performance was at the Melbourne Summer set 1, where she reached the semifinals. She suffered a third round exit at Australian Open and a second round exit at Indian Wells Masters.
  • Her second round defeat at Indian Wells was marred with controversy with a fan heckling her which reduced Osaka to tears.

The Japanese said her focus was on the positive ahead of the Madrid Open beginning this week. “I would say that filtering the negativity from a minority is something that I’m getting better doing. I’m doing mental exercises to focus on the positive,” Osaka said.

She also said that the Indian Wells experience allowed her another opportunity to grow as she looks to recover her world number one ranking, having slipped to 36 since taking a break from tennis following her upset loss at last year’s U.S. Open.

Madrid Open LIVE: Naomi Osaka firm favourite against qualifier Anastasia Potapova in first round of Madrid Open - Follow Osaka vs Potapova LIVE updates
Madrid Open LIVE: Naomi Osaka firm favourite against qualifier Anastasia Potapova in first round of Madrid Open – Follow Osaka vs Potapova LIVE updates
  • Meanwhile Potapova entered Madrid Open after winning Istanbul Open title.
  • She defeated Veronica Kudermetova 6-3, 6-1 in the final. She started the year by reaching the quarterfinal of Melbourne Summer Series 1.
  • However she then suffered first round exits in five tournaments and didn’t even qualify for the Miami Open.
  • She had to play the qualifiers at Madrid and won her two rounds to book a place in the main draw.

Osaka vs Potapova Head-to-Head: This will be the first meeting between both the players. Their head-to-head record stands 0-0 at the moment, despite Potapova enterring the tournament after winning a title, Osaka is the favourite in the upcoming contest.

Clay is not Osaka’s strongest surface as she has never gone beyond the third round at the French Open. However, she said she was not setting any targets ahead of the Grand Slam at Roland Garros next month.

“I’m taking one tournament at a time,” Osaka said. “Of course, I want to win matches and reach the semis either here in Madrid or in Rome (Italian Open), hopefully win, but I’ll set little goals first.”

Madrid Open LIVE: Naomi Osaka firm favourite against qualifier Anastasia Potapova in first round of Madrid Open – Follow Osaka vs Potapova LIVE updates



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