X

Monday 20
May

Tennis

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.

More Tennis

Tennis

Nadal defeats Djokovic in Italian Open final

19th May 2019, 18:42

Rafael Nadal claimed his first ATP Tour title of 2019 after defeating Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Italian Open final.

Tennis

Konta suffers Rome final defeat to Pliskova

19th May 2019, 14:13

Karolina Pliskova secured a straight sets win against British number one Johanna Konta to clinch the Italian Open title on Sunday.

Tennis

Italian Open final for Konta

18th May 2019, 17:04

British number one Johanna Konta overcame Kiki Bertens in three sets to make the final of the Italian Open in Rome.

Tennis

Pliskova vows to keep fighting

18th May 2019, 11:50

Karolina Pliskova required three sets to beat Victoria Azarenka at the Italian Open and says her fighting spirit was key.

Tennis

Konta secures last-four spot in Rome

17th May 2019, 18:20

Johanna Konta is through to the Italian Open semi-finals after a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win over Marketa Vondrousova.

Tennis

Injured Federer out of Italian Open

17th May 2019, 15:55

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Italian Open due to injury before his quarter-final match with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Recent Sport Headlines

Southampton

Saints 'close' to Djenepo offer - Preud'homme

20th May 2019, 10:31

Southampton are close to making a swoop for midfielder Moussa Djenepo, according to Standard Liege boss Michel Preud'homme.

Watford

Core players must stay - Gray

20th May 2019, 10:04

Andre Gray says Watford need to keep the core of their squad intact if they are going to move on to the next level.

Rugby Union

Hansen plays down Williams concerns

20th May 2019, 10:02

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen claims Sonny Bill Williams only needs to prove his fitness to be considered for a World Cup spot.

Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder to return

20th May 2019, 09:56

Tiemoue Bakayoko appears to be heading back to Chelsea after it was claimed AC Milan do not want a permanent deal.

Horse Racing Previews

Quick Returner Set To Strike In The North East

20th May 2019, 09:50

Filly Can Waltz Away With Prize

Newcastle United

Willems confirms Magpies interest

20th May 2019, 09:46

Jetro Willems says Newcastle United are keen on signing him after revealing he wants to leave Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rugby League

Butler completes Huddersfield move

20th May 2019, 09:43

Huddersfield Giants have announced they have signed Wales international Chester Butler from Halifax on a three-year contract.

Lille

Pepe must make best choice for career - Galtier

20th May 2019, 09:25

Nicolas Pepe has been advised by Christophe Galtier to take his time before selecting which club he will leave Lille for this summer.