Naomi Osaka, upset after losing to Serena Williams, says she didn’t feel any pressure

INDIANAPOLIS — Naomi Osaka expressed surprise Saturday afternoon but said her front-row viewing of defending champion Serena Williams’ match gave her a certain level of comfort ahead of Sunday’s Western & Southern Open final….

Naomi Osaka, upset after losing to Serena Williams, says she didn’t feel any pressure

INDIANAPOLIS — Naomi Osaka expressed surprise Saturday afternoon but said her front-row viewing of defending champion Serena Williams’ match gave her a certain level of comfort ahead of Sunday’s Western & Southern Open final.

“I’m very proud of her. She fought very hard. She should be very proud.”

Osaka lost the match, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, and is out of the tournament after coming back from a torn left groin muscle that had sidelined her for three weeks and ended the Indian Wells tournament last month.

Williams started Saturday 2-0 up in the final set and Osaka said she did not “really feel” any pressure and “feared nothing.”

“I think it was a good match,” said Osaka, 19, of Japan. “I think we both played well. My goal was to fight through. I knew she had some tough matches. Even if she loses, I still think she should be happy. I have to say, she played a good match. She’s Serena.

“It’s still normal that I should be nervous. I just expected she’d play a better match. I just kept with my game plan and tried to fight as much as I could. I’m just disappointed that I wasn’t able to win the final. But I didn’t think it was that close. At least I slept at night.”

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