Naomi Osaka says she has experienced “more than ups” this year


Osaka was defeated in the first round of the French and US Opens this year and had to withdraw from Wimbledon with an Achilles injury.

Former world number one Naomi Osaka says she has had “more ups than ups” this year.

The 24-year-old Japanese has not won a title since last year’s Australian Open and has been defeated in the first round of the last three tournaments.

The four-time Grand Slam winner has dropped to 48th in this week’s Pan Pacific Open rankings.

“This year hasn’t been the best year for me, but I’ve learned a lot about myself,” Osaka said.

“Life is up and down, and this year has been more down than up, but overall I’m quite happy with where I am now.”

Osaka is defending her title at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, the event returning after a three-year absence following the coronavirus pandemic.

In May 2021, Osaka withdrew from the French Open After revealing he had “suffered from prolonged bouts of depression” since winning his first Grand Slam title in 2018, he announced in September of that year take a break from sports.

to be He retired from Wimbledon With an Achilles injury and first-round losses at the French and US Opens, the third round at the Australian Open was Osaka’s furthest point at a Grand Slam this year.

He said it was difficult to cope with the fall at the top level of tennis.

“It was hard at first because I feel like I should have been in a place where I’m not today,” he said.

“I think for me it’s more about being at peace with myself. I know I’m here for a reason.”

Osaka won her first Grand Slam title US Open in 2018 After beating Serena Williams, he said he was “more than just trying to fill people’s shoes.”

“I don’t think you can ever do that because everyone is unique, and we’re all on our own path and we’re all on our own journey,” she said.

Osaka will play Australian world No. 55 Daria Saville in the first round on Tuesday.