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Osaka overcomes nerves to make a winning return after a long break

An apprehensive Naomi Osaka defeated a subsequent set wobble to make a triumphant return Tuesday in her first match since having some time off later a sad US Open exit in September.

The four-time Grand Slam champion, who has slid to 13 in the rankings, conceded later her third-round rout at Flushing Meadow that she was “managing some stuff” inwardly.

She had generally disappeared prior to flying into Melbourne last week to get ready for her Australian Open protection.

The Japanese whiz ventured out towards that objective at the Melbourne Summer Set competition, yet was not even close to her best in beating France’s 61st-positioned veteran Alize Cornet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

“It generally feels great to return here,” Osaka told the group in her on-court meet. “It feels truly good to play before individuals.”

Osaka seemed to voyage in the wake of taking the initial set 6-4 and hustling to a 3-1 lead in the second, however lost concentration as the 31-year-old Cornet dominated five straight matches to even out the match.

The 24-year-old got a hold of herself to score an early break in the third set and never surrendered it.

She committed a few errors in a corroded first aggressive trip for quite a long time and conceded nerves had an influence.

“I feel like I made a great deal of natural blunders, yet I sort of expected that since it is my first match and I was truly apprehensive,” she said.

“I’m simply so happy I had the option to hold my serve in that last game.”

The success set up a last-16 conflict with either Croatia’s Petra Martic or Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska.

Osaka last year pull out from the French Open and Wimbledon over psychological wellness issues, saying her concerns were exacerbated by addressing the media later matches.

She had likewise retired from the Tokyo Olympics in the early adjusts in July.

“I feel like for me as of late, when I win, I don’t feel glad. I feel more like a consolation. And afterward, when I lose, I feel extremely dismal,” Osaka said later her US Open misfortune.

“I don’t imagine that is ordinary. I would truly not like to cry.

“Fundamentally I feel like I’m somewhat now where I’m attempting to sort out what I need to do, and I sincerely don’t have the foggiest idea when I will play my next tennis match.”

Osaka didn’t hold a pre-competition question and answer session in Melbourne this week.

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