Naomi Osaka has saved some of her best tennis for the major tournaments in 2016, reaching the third round at three of the four Grand Slams this season.
"I'm happy with the way I play at slams, because they're very important to me," she said at the US Open, addining, "but I kind of wish I could transfer the feeling like to the other tournaments, you know."
The Japanese teenager's wish came true at home; playing at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Osaka rolled into her first WTA final, dismantling former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova along the way.
"I don't really feel pressure here since the first match, since everyone is ranked higher than me," she said after knocking out Elina Svitolina in three sets. "I'm a wildcard, so I just try to do my best. But this, for sure, it's my best tournament."
? WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 25, 2016
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