The Japanese gamer, seeded tenth in Charleston, was the surprise winner of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells last month, the very first WTA title of her profession.
” It’s tough understanding I cannot strike winners that much and the points are longer,” Osaka stated later on.
” Two years ago I would have stated I had a great relationship with clay, since I did OKAY at the French. Last year, I do not believe I won any matches on clay other than here. This year, I’m simply aiming to begin once again and to enjoy it.”
Osaka reached the 3rd round of the French Open in 2016 prior to being beaten by Simona Halep in 3 sets.
She included: “You need to alter your video game for clay, a minimum of a little. When I initially began striking here today, I was unconsciously striking my forehand with more spin. Individuals who have more spin do much better on clay, so while I do not wish to alter my video game significantly, some modifications may be great.”
Osaka struck 22 winners in the first-round match and made just 19 unforced mistakes. She will play Laura Siegemund in the 2nd round. The German, who reached the semi-finals of the competition 12 months earlier, knocked out Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5 6-2.