Naomi Osaka wont have any time to bask in the glory of winning her first ever WTA event at Indian Wells on Sunday as she is set to face former world number one, Serena Williams, in the first round of the Miami Open which starts on Wednesday.
Osaka, just 20-years-of-age, battled nerves to overcome Daria Kasatkina at the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday and so lifted her maiden WTA trophy.
“I was extremely stressed and extremely nervous, but my plan was to fake that I’m very calm,” the Japenese prodigy told reporters after her victory.
“I just knew that she [Kasatkina] was going to fight for every point, too, so I couldn’t afford to lose points based on nerves, and I had to keep making the right decisions.”
Her reward? A meeting with Serena in the opening round of the Miami Open as the 23-time grand slam singles champion continues her return to tennis after the birth of her daughter.
Serena lost to sister Venus last week in California and will be hungry to return to form ahead of Roland Garros in May, the second grand slam of the year.
No one ever said it was easy at the top, Naomi.