Osaka learns from defeat

10 March 2019 10:34:29 EST

Naomi Osaka says that she keeps learning from past mistakes as she progressed through to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

The world number one and top seed in Indian Wells is through to a meeting with Danielle Collins after her straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic in round two.

I just learned to be really positive and not give her anything.

Naomi Osaka

The players met recently in Dubai, Mladenovic winning that time and Osaka says she learnt from that setback and that gave her the opportunity to gain revenge in their latest meeting.

She said afterwards: "I learn the most when I lose matches.

"Honestly, it was great that I got to play her again because I was able to learn from the mistakes I did back then, and I was able to apply it. I just learned to be really positive and not give her anything."

The defending champion at Indian Wells, Osaka served well and kept pressure on her French opponent's serve, setting up 10 break points, winning three of them.

Osaka hit 24 winners to set up the meeting with Collins and, if she wins that, will play either Belinda Bencic or Ekaterina Alexandrova in the fourth round.

Osaka won the Indian Wells tournament last year and has won two Grand Slam titles in the 12 months since, winning the US Open and then the Australian Open at the start of 2019, beating Petra Kvitova in the final.

Her record in the two other Grand Slams is less impressive having never gone beyond the third round at the French Open or at Wimbledon.

To have a chance of overtaking Osaka to regain the world number one ranking Simona Halep must at least reach the final in Indian Wells and she is on her way, through to the third round after beating Barbora Strycova in straight sets in her opening match.

Osaka is 1212/1 to win the BNP Paribas Open with Halep 1212/1.

Osake is 10/1 to win the French Open to make it three Grand Slam titles in a row while Halep is 4/1 and Kvitova 12/1.

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