«I’m so sorry I can’t compete today… It’s an honor to be able to play in the Toray Pan Pacific Open… I wish I could have stepped on the court… but my body doesn’t.» leave me,» Naomi Osaka said sadly.
He had played the first round but was left out of the second with Beatriz Haddad Maia. This was at the end of September. Osaka has not played any other tournament and is now dealing with nosedive action, FTX was hoping to be their main representative which now looks like the company is bankrupt.
Naomi Osaka’s major confrontation with her mental concerns came to the surface in May during the 2021 French Open when she professed that speaking to the press caused her tremendous anxieties and that she would no longer be able to.
Withdrew from Roland Garros and was fined $15,000. The full four corporations of the Grand Slam tournament spoke and allowed the Japanese youngster to take a break to regroup and clear her head. Not the previous world. 2 she distanced herself from playing professional tennis and decided to test her competitive spirit four months later in September on her physical and emotional return to competition.
Osaka’s performance was not expert enough and she was unable to generate a win. The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was the tournament. She would win the first round with Qinwen Zheng, but her next opponent, Coco Gauff, had more enriched strategies and defeated Naomi in straight sets.
Osaka was also struggling with an Achilles tendon injury, but continued to participate in events despite everything. He tried it but the results were not positive and there had been losses. The disruptive 2021 season is over, but the new one in 2022 brought many of the same discontinued plays as the year before.
It was a recent abdominal injury that hampered her success at the Australian Open and prevented her from defending her title. Many had doubts about her performances after that, but fans and the tennis community couldn’t help but get excited to see her play again.
Naomi could only go as far as the third round of the Melbourne event before losing to Amanda Anisimova in three sets. The 24-year-old’s entry into the Miami Open surprisingly showed that winner Naomi Osaka was picking up her pace at record speed.
He landed in the final for the first time in over a year. It was her victories over Angelique Kerber, Danielle Collins and Belinda Bencic, to name a few of hers, that proved that she was still a viable player on the WTA. She met with the Polish Iga Swiatek, the highest ranked player in the world.
They had only met twice and though Osaka’s rankings had dipped in her mid-40s, she played with the vigor and excitement she had before retiring at the 2021 French Open. Swiatek’s steady play gave her a huge advantage over the once dominant Japanese.
The Pole would win in straight sets 6-4, 6-0, with Naomi collapsing in the final set. «I have confidence in myself as a player,» she said with a wary smile, even though she failed to get the win over Swiatek.
The rest of the Osaka tournaments would only go to the second round at best. Fans were quite disappointed not to see her go as deep as she did in Miami and wondered what could have derailed her honed abilities. Crowds at the Japan Open were disappointed when her defending champion failed to defend her title this year.
The COVID situation had extended the tournament by two years, since she won it in 2019. This season everyone was looking forward to Naomi improving but it didn’t seem to come. She missed the grass-court season and having to deal with long-term nagging injuries along with trying to control her anxieties proved to be too much for the former Grand Slam champion.
He apologized to the Japan Open fans saying, «Thank you for all your support this week and I’ll see you next year.» Many did not dare to think that Osaka could work and appear in 2023 as a strong WTA player again.
As for the first slam of the season – the Australian Open in 2023, Naomi Osaka can enter the tournament if it is a wild card to see how her physical and mental progress has held up. However, it is obvious that less time on the court and on the road means more time that she will be ready to work to be a strong contender.
Will he return for a new season? Can you bring your best game and start winning games again? It is certain that only time will tell now.