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Naomi Osaka overcomes nerves to make a winning start at the French Open

By Vaseline May26,2024

Naomi Osaka overcame a nervous breakdown to make a winning start at the French Open.

The former world number one from Japan needed a deciding set to beat Lucia Bronzetti in the opening match on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Osaka appeared to be in line for some quick morning work as she flew through the opening set.

But Bronzetti, ranked 67th, took the second and came from 4-0 down to level in the third.

However, when the Italian hit a backhand into the net, Osaka got the break at the end of the decider and served out for a 6-1 4-6 7-5 victory.

“There were moments when I played quite well, but I was nervous and came very tight in the third set. But I’m quite happy,” she said.

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