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Osaka positive despite Bencic defeat

13th March 2019, 14:34 by Craig Smithson

Naomi Osaka was pleased with her perfomance at Indian Wells despite Belinda Bencic ending her title defence hopes.

The 21-year-old Japanese world number one has enjoyed an impressive 12 months after following up her win in this tournament last year with her first Grand Slam titles at the US Open and Australian Open.

However, Osaka had no answer to her Swiss opponent in their last-16 showdown as Bencic eased to a 6-3 6-1 victory in just 66 minutes.

When asked about her game, Osaka said: "I didn't lose in the first round. That's a plus. I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets."

Osaka was also relatively pleased with how she handled going into a tournament as the reigning champion for the first time in her career.

"I think I did well," she added. "It's just really exciting to come out here every day and for everyone to be so kind.

"There were so many fans, I think that that's part of the experience. Yeah, I think I did well for my first time."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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