Naomi Osaka became one of the biggest names in tennis in no time. She was making fans all across the globe with her gameplay. At a tender age, she defeated a giant like Serena Williams in a dramatic US Open final in 2018 and her story started.
Apart from all the drama centered around Serena, the 2018 US Open final was a testimony to Naomi Osaka’s talent. She became an icon for tennis in Japan. However, 2021 proved to be a drastically bad year for her.
Osaka knocked out by an unseeded player at Australian Open
Osaka started the year with a Grand Slam win Australia. Evert tennis fan thought that now Osaka will only rise, however, things went south when she decided to withdraw from the French Open midway.
Post that, she came back on the court but looked a completely different Naomi. She couldn’t do well at the Olympics, she wasn’t at her best in US Open after which, she decided to take an indefinite break from tennis.
Thankfully, she returned but her 2022 hasn’t started that well either. In the third round clash, Osaka was defeated by unseeded Amanda Anisimova in a hard-fought encounter that stretched for three sets and was decided in the tie-breaker.
Osaka has raised a lot of awareness about mental health. She is now the face of several global brands as well. However, as far as her game is concerned, she would have to get back in the rhythm before things turn sour even more.
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