Beijing, Oct 6 (Xinhua) 2019 China Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan and runner-up Ashleigh Barty reacted to their final clash held here this evening, that saw Osaka rebound from a one-set deficit to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, Osaka noted that her mentality changed after the opening set.
"In the first set, honestly, all I could think about was how much I wanted to win. That made me very emotional. I think that was pretty obvious. In the second set, I just tried to rationalize everything. Then in the third set, just continue what I was doing in the second," Osaka said.
Osaka also said that dealing with Barty's cross court shots was tricky and affected her after the opener, but that she managed to get her head right in the second and third sets.
"Yeah, I mean, after I finished crying...[after dropping the first set], I actually double-faulted on the point, but I did have a point to stay on serve. So I just told myself if I stop being so dramatic I could contest it. I think that's what I did in the second and third.
Honestly, I don't think I do too much when she slices. I just try to get it back cross-court. Yeah, I just feel like I played a returner-style game more today," Osaka recalled.
Barty, for her part, said she was proud of the effort she gave.
"I think it was a decent match. It was a high-quality match. I think there were times where I was really doing the right things, and it came down to a little bit of execution. It's never easy playing a pure ball-striker. Tougher to get it out of Naomi's hip pocket. All things considered, it was a bloody good effort tonight," Barty said.
She also commended her opponent for an ability to maintain a focused approach on court and to use moments where she leads to her advantage.
"She's very structured in the ways she wants to play. She's a great frontrunner. I think in the second set, I probably just let her have a look at too many second serves, where she's up in the court, has control from the first ball. That's all that was in it.
"At times her serve was great, she hit her spots really well, took me out of it a little bit. We all know that's a major weapon for her," Barty concluded.(XINHUA)