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Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… But she then exited Roland Garros in the third round and Wimbledon in the first round, and her defence of her US Open crown similarly fell flat.The Japanese roared back with titles in her native city of Osaka and then in Beijing in the autumn, and in December hired the Belgian Wim Fissette as her coach – her fourth in less than a year.The world number three, who faces Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in her opener in Melbourne, said she was “in a better head space” compared to 12 months ago, and playing better tennis.“But honestly, last year was the toughest year of my life, so I would hope it gets better,” Osaka added.Pushed as to what she meant, she said: “I guess just before everything (success), if I lost, it wouldn’t be an (news) article.“Now if I lose, like, there’s news. It was tough adjusting to that.”Osaka described herself as “a bit more seasoned” compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting with the defence of her Australian Open crown.“Last year I feel like I was young,” the Japanese said was a smile.“I was just this young kid that was going out. My goal was to win and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.“I feel like now I appreciate more every single win because I know what it took to get it.“Of course I want to win every match and I want to go out there and do that.“That’s what I’m here for. I think maybe last year I was a little bit more fearless.” The 22-year-old began last year in spectacular fashion, winning in Melbourne for back-to-back Grand Slam titles and soaring to the top of the world rankings.center_img Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record questOsaka, who has been open about her struggles with the pressure that comes with success, says she is trying to ignore what is said and written about her.“I’ve been training my whole life for this (tennis),” she told reporters.“I shouldn’t let outside noise – no offence to you guys, love you guys – but outside noise dictate how I’m feeling.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form.Advertisementlast_img read more

Growise success for Carlingford Lough

first_img Press Association Morning Assembly (7-4 favourite) and Don Cossack cut out much of the running, with the former taking a half-length advantage three from home. Ruby Walsh arrived on the scene two out with Ballycasey seemingly full of running, but McCoy switched the John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough to the inner and joined issue at the last, where Morning Assembly’s chance was ended by a bad mistake. Tony McCoy hit the Grade One target with a fine ride on Carlingford Lough in the Growise Champion Novice Chase.center_img McCoy’s JP McManus-owned mount got away from it the better and with his rider in full flight, Carlingford Lough, winner of last year’s Galway Plate and successful at the top level at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting, stayed on strongly for a four-and-a-quarter-length triumph. Kiely said: “He is a very easy horse to train, once we discovered how to do it. He needs a little break after his races and he came good. “The ground was perfect for him today, and we will see how he does next year. Next year will tell us a lot and he will be going for those conditions races. “He deserves a summer break now.” last_img read more