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Naomi Osaka: Japanese tennis player ‘already working’ on return to court

Davis Cup

Venue: Planeta Tennis, Albufeira, Portugal Date: Friday, 16 September Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka is “already working” on her return to the court after competing at the US Open.

Osaka, 20, became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title when she triumphed in New York this summer.

But her title defence ended on Monday after she was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

The world number four is currently preparing for the 2019 edition of the Japan Open and is likely to return to the sport “soon”.

An article published on the Japanese Tennis Association’s website quotes head coach Junya Fukuda as saying Osaka has “really developed mentally and physically” and can now “just focus on the tennis”.

“Without being asked, she is already working out the mechanism,” said Fukuda.

“As long as her feet stick to the ground, we think she can play well again.”

Osaka made her Grand Slam debut in 2017 and finished 2017 as the world number 16.

She lost the second set of the Wozniacki final but won four matches on the way to the final.

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