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Osaka's father tells star: It's not rocket science

2019-10-01 13:29
Naomi Osaka
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Beijing - Naomi Osaka said that having her father as her coach had been "nostalgic" and revealed on Tuesday that one of his favourite phrases to her is, "It's not rocket science."

The 21-year-old Japanese has dispensed with two coaches this year, leaving her Haitian father, Leonard Francois, as the person to guide her.

It has proved a successful combination so far, the world No 4 winning the Pan Pacific Open on home soil and on Tuesday emphatically reaching the last 16 of the China Open.

"It feels like it took me back a little bit because he's always been around, but he's been in the shadows for the most part," said the two-time Grand Slam champion, after breezing past Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-0 in Beijing.

"I would say he is a person that knows my game the most.

"He's the person that knows the trigger words, whether good or bad. Definitely it's been very nostalgic.

"I think we're getting along good."

Asked what those "trigger words" were, Osaka replied with a smile: "He likes saying, 'It's not rocket science', which is triggering."

Results from the WTA/ATP China Open tennis in Beijing on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):


Round 2

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-4, 6-2

Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-4, 6-4

Sofia Kenin (USA x15) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-3, 6-2

Polona Hercog (SLO) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x10) 6-4, 6-2

Naomi Osaka (JPN x4) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-2, 6-0

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) bt Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x12) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x16) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-4, 6-0


Round 1

Dominic Thiem (AUT x1) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-4, 6-1

Andy Murray (GBR) bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA x8) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7)

Fabio Fognini (ITA x6) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8/6)

John Isner (USA) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x7) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x3) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 6-3, 6-4

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