Naomi Osaka praises Destanee Aiava

The Japanese has nice words for the young Australian

Naomi Osaka Aiava

Naomi Osaka had a rather good start of her season at the Brisbane International after she defeated the upcoming Australian Destanee Aiava 6-3 6-2.

Even if the scoreline wasn’t very tight, the Japanese was impressed with her opponent that was able to counterpunch her powerful shots pretty well at times.

It was like playing a younger me. OSAKA

Soon after the match, Naomi commented

“I mean this was sort of like why I felt like I feel old a little bit because it was kind of like a younger me in a way [Destanee is 18 while Noami is 20]. And I felt like when I was playing her she sort of matched my power, which was really surprising to me because there are not that many people that can do that.


'I'm really interested to see how she does like in the future.' OSAKA on AIAVA Click to Tweet

Naomi will face Anastasija Sevastova in the 3rd round in Brisbane. The H2H is 2-1 for the Latvian that has beaten the Japanese in their last 2 matches in straight sets.


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