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Osaka denies having any 'regrets' after WTA Finals debut defeat

ANI  |  Florida [USA] 

World number four Naomi Osaka, who lost her debut match of the ongoing WTA Finals against Sloane Stephens of America, has said that she does not have any "regrets" after the clash.

The 21-year-old further credited her opponent for playing really well, adding that she deserved to win the match.

"Usually after I lose, I have very specific things that I think would have changed the match. But I don't really have any regrets for me," WTA quoted Osaka, as saying.

"This entire match was a really hard battle. I think she played really well, and I think she deserved to win the match," she added.

Reflecting on things she would like to improve in her upcoming matches, the Japanese player said that she hopes to address her "disappointing" first serve percentage and her attitude, apologizing for a few emotional outbursts after the match.

"That was something I'm not really proud of. I feel like for me I play better when no one knows what I'm thinking. But it's also something I am learning how to do because it's not like I have been consistently able to do that. It shows like my ups and downs," she said.

Osaka had slumped to a 5-7, 6-4, 1-6 defeat against Stephens their opening match at the WTA Finals.

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First Published: Tue, October 23 2018. 10:18 IST