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Defending Champion Naomi Osaka In Spotlight As US Open Begins

Defending Best Naomi Osaka In Spotlight As US Accessible Begins

Naomi Osaka launches her bid for a third US Accessible appellation in four years, aiming to put agitation abaft her as she chases her additional Grand Slam appellation of 2021.

Naomi Osaka said she was "pretty happy" with her bold branch into the US Open.

Naomi Osaka launches her bid for a third US Accessible appellation in four years

Osaka is block her additional Grand Slam appellation of 2021

Osaka said she was "pretty happy" with her bold branch into the US Open

appellation in four years on Monday, aiming to put agitation abaft her as she chases her additional Grand Slam appellation of 2021. Osaka, who rocketed to acclaim aback she exhausted superstar

in the 2018 US Accessible final, appeared set for a sparkling 2021 attack afterwards she exhausted American Jen Brady in the Australian Accessible final in February to abduction her fourth above crown. But she has played sparingly since, affairs out of the French Accessible afterwards she was fined for declining to accommodated binding media requirements.

Osaka, who said she believed post-match account conferences were adverse to her brainy health, autonomous out of Wimbledon as well, and afterwards the bewitched moment of lighting the alembic at the Tokyo Olympics angled out in the third round.

Although she additionally absent in the third annular at Cincinnati in August, Osaka said she was "pretty happy" with her bold branch into the high-pressure atmosphere of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

As she looked advanced to her Monday opener adjoin Czech Marie Bouzkova Osaka said in a amusing media column that she wants to alpha to flavor her accomplishments and let go of abrogating thoughts.

"Recently I've been allurement myself why do I feel the way I do and I apprehend one of the affidavit is because internally I anticipate I'm never acceptable enough," she wrote. "I never acquaint myself that I've done a acceptable job, but I do apperceive I consistently acquaint myself that I blot or I could do better.

"Seeing aggregate that's activity on in the apple I feel like if I deathwatch up in the morning that's a win," Osaka wrote. "Your activity is your own and you shouldn't amount yourself on added people's standards. I apperceive I accord my affection to aggregate I can and if that's not acceptable abundant for some again my affliction but I can't accountability myself with those expectations anymore."

Osaka has already accustomed that it will booty some adjusting afterwards aftermost year's beholder ban to acclimatize to the acknowledgment of admirers to the 23,771-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Crowds at the commonly disorderly Accessible will be aback at abounding capacity, although organizers appear aftermost anniversary that all attendees will be appropriate to accommodate affidavit of accepting accustomed at atomic one Covid-19 vaccination.

With apple cardinal one Novak Djokovic cat-and-mouse in the wings, second-ranked Daniil Medvedev closes out the activity on Ashe on Monday adjoin French adept Richard Gasquet.

Play opens with above women's best Sloane Stephens demography on Madison Keys in an All-American clash.

Then above best Andy Murray faces a alarming claiming as he continues his acknowledgment from his latest abrasion as he goes up adjoin third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.

"Not the easiest draw out there," Murray, whose 2012 US Accessible celebration was the aboriginal of his three Grand Slam victories, said.

"When you're not seeded, these sorts of things can happen," Murray said, abacus that he anticipation the New York army could advice him.

"They like bodies that fight, accord their all, appearance their affection and affect and activity on the court," he said.

Elsewhere on Monday, above apple cardinal one Victoria Azarenka -- who fell to Osaka in aftermost year's final -- takes on Czech Tereza Martincova on Grandstand court.

Also on Grandstand Simona Halep, who was affected out of her Wimbledon appellation aegis with a dogie injury, takes on Italian Camila Giorgi.

Women's additional berry Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus faces Serb Nina Stojanovic to accessible the night affair on Louis Armstrong court, area ascent US brilliant Coco Gauff anchors the day affair and active Australian Nick Kyrgios brings bottomward the blind adjoin Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

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