Naomi Osaka falls apart in second round of Dubai Championships


And she cleared up the rumor that it was about money. One of the biggest things is to just have fun with everything you're doing, and I'm really happy to be here now. Up first though is Kristina Mladenovic. Kvitova said Osaka would have to get used to having a target on her back. Because past year, I wasn't even anywhere close to this ranking.

It was at this point that Osaka briefly broke down and had to hide her face as she wiped away tears.

"I'd rather someone say it directly to me than go around my back".

"I don't know why this is happening". "That's the amusing thing because I heard some people saying I looked really sad in Australia every day".

She went on to explain the combination of greater media exposure and the ongoing intrigue surrounding her split from her mentor all contributed to her emotional state. I was still fighting, but in the big stages, I couldn't just do it.

"I feel like I have made solid steps in the past months, and now it is all about staying healthy and keeping that good work ethic and practicing to keep trying to improve like I have always done".

A teary Naomi Osaka said Tuesday the increased focus she has come under contributed to a poor performance that saw her beaten in her first match since becoming singles world No. 1.

Mladenovic then had the opportunity to serve out the match and she assuredly delivered to clinch victory inside 65 minutes.

The 21-year-old climbed to the top of the rankings for the first time after winning a second consecutive grand slam title at the Australian Open at the start of the year, yet her form deserted her as she returned to action on Tuesday. I think I m pretty young. There are days that you have like that and you have to find a way to win no matter what the situation is.

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"(My serve) was a disaster. You kind of have to do that to be around me.

Mladenovic, who had not won a match this year before the tournament, will play Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round. "Hopefully I remember all the good times that I've had there, somehow start feeling better about myself".

"I don't know why I'm crying". "Today I didn't really feel like in a match mood".

Can Osaka continue her dominance without Bajin?

"Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn't", Osaka told WTA Insider.

"I wouldn't put success over my happiness".

They traded six successive breaks of serve before France's Mladenovic, 25, held when serving for the match.

World number one Naomi Osaka suffered a second-round ouster from the Dubai Tennis Championships leaving her supporters in disappointment but fellow players Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep have asked for patience from the tennis star's fans.