Naomi Osaka had only herself to blame on Wednesday as Maria Sakkari ended the Japanese player’s 23-match win streak in the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters.
“Mentally, it’s hard to face high quality players with what I feel is low-quality tennis,” the third seed said after going down 6-0, 6-4 in 69 minutes to the Greek outsider.
Osaka has not been beaten in more than a year on a WTA court, with her last defeat coming in February, 2020.
“I haven’t forgotten how to lose,” she said. “I did try to fight more today, than the last time I was beaten.
“But even if I’m not playing well, it’s still great to find ways to win. Hopefully I won’t lose like this again.
“Even if it was not pretty tennis, I was trying to find a way to win the second set (she led 3-0) But it all felt different today.”