Thinking about retaining No 1 spot cost me Madrid Open – Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka says thinking about retaining her number one world ranking hindered her in her Madrid Open quarter-final loss to Belinda Bencic.
Osaka led by a break in the final set and served for the match, but Bencic fought back to win 3-6 6-2 7-5.
Romania’s Simona Halep could replace Osaka at the top of the rankings if she wins the title in Madrid.
“People have been telling me if I get to the semis I can stay number one, so I wanted to do that,” Osaka said.
“I wanted to do that and I was thinking about that while I was playing, which wasn’t necessarily a good thing.”
Osaka secured the number one ranking when she won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.
“I play the best when I’m calm and today I wasn’t calm, so that is the biggest thing I can learn,” she said.