Osaka, a four-time main champion, cruised by way of the opening set however was requested to dig deep to win a tiebreak within the second.
The 23-year-old has by no means been previous the third spherical on the clay court docket main in Paris however appeared highly effective in her first spherical match.
Although her footwork sometimes let her down, the world No. 2 remained calm and composed on a floor that hasn’t at all times been her finest.
“I might say it is a work in progress. Hopefully the extra I play, the higher it can get,” Osaka mentioned after her win.
No press conferences
Osaka didn’t compete at Roland Garros in 2020, citing a hamstring harm, however has been in spectacular type since — profitable 15 consecutive matches at grand slams.
However, earlier within the week, she introduced on social media that she is not going to be collaborating in press conferences in the course of the French Open.
“I’ve usually felt that individuals don’t have any regard for athletes psychological well being and this rings very true at any time when I see a press convention or partake in a single,” Osaka wrote.
“We’re usually sat there and requested questions that we have been requested a number of instances earlier than or requested questions that deliver doubt into our minds and I’m simply not going to topic myself to people who doubt me.