Mats Wilander and Tim Henman are backing Naomi Osaka to return to the prime despite her very first-round defeat to Amanda Anisimova at the French Open.
Osaka withdrew from the event past year to defend her mental health and has considering that experienced various breaks from the sport. She also struggled with an Achilles damage in advance of Roland-Garros.
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But the entire world No. 38 looked like she may possibly be returning to her most effective forward of the clay period when she achieved the closing of the Miami Open.
“I’m not genuinely astonished about Osaka losing to Animisova, she is a fantastic player and manufactured the semi-finals in this article a number of a long time back again,” stated 7-time Grand Slam champion Wilander.
“I’m really joyful to see Osaka back again, attempting tricky and with a really very good mindset.
“She has struggled on her clay her full occupation so much, and she has struggled on grass far too, she is incredibly significantly a really hard-court docket specialist. I assume she is on her way back again and will get back again to the top again if she wants it.”
Osaka has received all 4 of her majors on hard courts and is still to make it earlier the third round of the French Open up or Wimbledon.
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He also thinks Osaka will contend for big titles once again.
“It’s great to see her in a genuinely optimistic body of thoughts because she has struggled with mental wellness issues and it’s most significant that is she feeling wholesome in that regard,” he stated.
“We say sort is short-term, course is everlasting, and she is one particular of the greatest gamers in the environment. Her position has dropped but if she stays committed and retains performing tough there is no motive why she can’t get back again to the best of the activity in the not-much too-distant potential.”
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Source: Euro Sports activities