The 24-year-old Kazakh is likely to be ranked solely 39th on this planet however former world No.1 Osaka had no reply to an opponent she was additionally overwhelmed by on the Birmingham Traditional final month.
Putintseva took the primary set on a tie break after which broke Osaka within the second set’s fifth and seventh video games to win the match 7-6 (7-Four) 6-2.
Having overwhelmed gamers on this planet’s prime 10 seven occasions in her profession, Putintseva by no means appeared fazed in opposition to Osaka, unsettling the 21-year-old along with her deadly backhand slice.
This was the primary time Putintseva had performed on Wimbledon’s Centre Courtroom, however you would not have seen as she capitalized on Osaka’s error-strewn efficiency.
“I did a great job,” Putintseva instructed the BBC. “I feel my grass court docket play is getting higher.”
Osaka reduce her information convention quick, saying she was about to cry, after being requested whether or not the load of expectation was proving an excessive amount of after successful two grand slams and reaching world No.1.
Within the days following her Australian Open victory, Osaka cut up from her coach Sascha Bajin, who had beforehand labored as a hitting accomplice to each Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, and was named because the inaugural WTA Coach of the 12 months on the finish of 2018 — his first yr as a head coach.
The popularity was reward for a 12-month interval that had seen Osaka declare a maiden main title on the US Open, in addition to a primary WTA Premier Obligatory win on the Indian Wells Open.
Reflecting on Osaka’s first-round exit, tennis nice John McEnroe questioned why the choice had been made to not work with Bajin, given the success she had had with the German.
“I do not assume Naomi could be very snug on grass,” McEnroe instructed the BBC. “You want that depth and be on it. She simply doesn’t appear to be she’s all there.
“She’s distracted, lots of issues have occurred and it appears she has misplaced her confidence, which is superb from the place she was two or three months in the past.”