Naomi Osaka Makes Winning Comeback At French Open After Maternity Break: ‘I Was Pretty Nervous’

by Gee NY

On Sunday, May 26, the opening day of the 2024 French Open, Naomi Osaka made a resilient comeback to clinch victory in her first-round match against Lucia Bronzetti.

Osaka, competing in her seventh appearance at the Paris tournament, secured a 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Bronzetti, showcasing her determination and skill on the court.

Despite a shaky start and squandering a 4-0 lead in the third set, Osaka managed to regain her composure and secure the crucial victory.

Reflecting on her performance, Osaka admitted to feeling nervous and tight during certain moments of the match but expressed her pride in overcoming the challenges to emerge victorious.

“There were moments I played pretty well, but I was pretty nervous and got really tight,” said the No. 134-ranked Osaka of her hard-fought victory during an on-court interview.

With her daughter Shai by her side, Osaka is set to face tough competition in the next round, potentially against current world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

The victory marks Osaka’s return to top-level tennis after taking time away to welcome her daughter into the world.

Having previously claimed titles at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, Osaka is determined to make her mark at the French Open, where she has yet to advance beyond the third round.

In other women’s matches, Sofia Kenin staged a comeback to defeat Laura Siegemund, while Amanda Anisimova secured a straight-set victory over Rebecca Šramková.

However, 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejčíková suffered an early exit, losing to Viktorija Golubic.

On the men’s side, Carlos Alcaraz and Andrey Rublev emerged victorious in their respective matches, while Grigor Dimitrov and Hubert Hurkacz also advanced to the next round.

However, there were notable upsets, including Ugo Humbert’s defeat at the hands of Lorenzo Sonego and Stan Wawrinka’s convincing win over Andy Murray.

As the tournament progresses, tennis fans can expect more thrilling action and exciting matchups at Roland Garros.

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