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Osaka dismisses Indian Wells defence talk

8th March 2019, 15:34 by Gareth Freeman

Naomi Osaka says she isn't viewing Indian Wells as a title defence as she sees the event as another chance to win a trophy.

Osaka took the top prize at Indian Wells in 2018 and, at the time, that success was the biggest win of her career.

A year later the 21-year-old Japanese star is now a two-time Grand Slam champion after also landing the US Open and the Australian Open and she is the current world number one.

Osaka begins her Indian Wells defence on Saturday with a second-round clash against France's Kristina Mladenovic and she says her target is winning another trophy rather than defending a title.

"All the people around me are super supportive," the top seed told reporters at WTA All Access Hour on Thursday.

"They're not talking about 'title defence'. We just want to keep moving forward. It's not about defending, it's about getting another one. That's how our minds are and how it might be different than other people."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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