Naomi Osaka shares hilarious Roland Garros admission

Osaka did not study her French Open draw very closely
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Naomi Osaka is into the second round of the 2024 French Open. She narrowly got past Lucia Bronzetti in her first round match on Sunday, and the win marked her first in three years at Roland Garros.

Osaka is progressing well in her return to competitive tennis after a year-long break in 2023 on maternity leave. She is not yet ranked in the Top 100, but it feels like it is just a matter of time.

She has been patient and forgiving with herself in her return. Motherhood has changed her priorities, and she vowed to enjoy the game and be less difficult on herself if things did not go well. Osaka wants to be a good example for her daughter Shai.

Naomi Osaka made honest and hilarious admission after her first round win

This more relaxed demeanor could explain why Naomi Osaka did not know she would face World No. 1 and three-time French Open champion Iga Swiatek in her second-round match. (Swiatek defeated Leolia Jeanjean in her opening round.)

Osaka confessed that people kept asking her about her draw but did not realize why until she found out Swiatek was her second round opponent. Osaka is not shying away from the challenge. She knows that Swiatek is the best player in the world both in rankings and on clay. Osaka thinks it will be a good barometer for where her game is.

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Naomi Osaka's successes have come on the hardcourts of Melbourne and New York so it is fun to watch her evolution in both temperament and approach to her tennis with unprecedented clay court success for her in Rome. She admitted earlier this year that she is beginning to embrace the clay.

Even though both Osaka and Swiatek each own four Grand Slam titles, it would be the colossal upset of the tournament if Osaka defeated Swiatek in the second round. Anything is possible on any given day, and if it happens, fans should expect that Osaka will continue the strategy of not studying or getting caught up in her draw and taking her tennis one match at a time.

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