Karolina Pliskova Halts Naomi Osaka’s Comeback in Intense Brisbane Clash

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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Naomi Osaka

In a high-stakes showdown at the Brisbane International, defending champion Karolina Pliskova put an end to Naomi Osaka’s tennis comeback. Pliskova, who previously clinched the tournament in 2020, staged an impressive turnaround after dropping the first set, ultimately defeating the Japanese star 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in the second round.

While World number two Aryna Sabalenka showcased dominance on Pat Rafter Arena with a commanding 6-3, 6-0 victory over Italian Lucia Bronzetti, second seed Elena Rybakina secured her spot in the next round by defeating Australian qualifier Olivia Gadecki with a score of 6-4, 6-1.

Expressing her feelings after the match, Naomi Osaka revealed, “Even though it’s super disappointing today, I know that if I keep training and if I keep putting in the work, then I’ll eventually get to where I want to be.” Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, emphasized the personal triumph of being on the court, highlighting her return to the sport after a hiatus since September 2022 due to mental health concerns. She became a mother in July and decided to stage a comeback.

Despite the setback against Pliskova, Osaka remained optimistic about her future performances, stating, “Even stepping on the court is a personal win because a couple of weeks ago I was even doubting if I could play with everyone. So I guess these two matches that I’ve had kind of prove to me that I am doing okay, and the year is just going to get better for me.”

Osaka’s strong start against Pliskova, breaking the Czech’s opening service game, showcased her prowess. Pliskova, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, managed to level the score, but Osaka broke again to take a 4-2 lead and ultimately secured the opening set.

The intense clash and Osaka’s comeback efforts reflect the resilience of the tennis star as she navigates her return to competitive play.

Soukaina Sghir

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