Naomi Osaka is currently one of the biggest names in women’s tennis. He was the favorite of all the tournaments he played until the 2021 Australian Open, but things have not been easy for Osaka since the French Open last year. Generally fighting in clay, the Japanese decided not to hold a press conference at Roland Garros. And after much backlash, he withdrew from the tournament citing his mental health.
The incident mentally damaged Naomi enough that she had to take a long break from tennis. His game was also affected as he dropped out of the top 80 in the WTA Rankings. The Japanese superstar has repeatedly made sanity a top priority, even voicing the importance of a ‘peaceful mind’.
After the first round win Astra SharmaAt the press conference, Naomi spoke about her mental health and revealed that she finally started seeing a therapist after losing Indian Wells. She said her sister Mari was worried about her and suggested that a therapist could help her.
“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I finally started talking to a therapist after Indian Wells. It has been just one year since the French Open. Yeah, I don’t know, he liked to tell me about strategies and stuff. I realized how useful it is” said.
Naomi Osaka is desperate to find her lost form in Miami
Naomi defeated Astra Sharma 6-3,6-4 in the first round. He looked very promising in the match and only lost 3 points on the serve in the first set. Now she will face number 13 Angelique Kerber in the second round on Thursday in a blockbuster shootout between the two grand slam champions.
If Naomi wins, she will face Leylah Fernandez or Karolina Muchova in the third round. However, if Naomi loses, she is predicted to relegate to 96th place in the WTA Rankings.
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