We could have seen the final of Naomi Osaka for at the least this yr. In a tearful press convention following her defeat by the hands of Leylah Fernandez Friday night time on the US Open, she stated she’s “going to take a break for some time.”
Osaka, the defending US Open champion, had a close to meltdown throughout her third spherical match with Fernandez, throwing her racket to the court docket a number of instances and strolling off into a toilet with out telling anybody her plans. She was additionally issued a warning for hitting a ball into the stands.
When she returned from her unannounced toilet break, she appeared distracted and rushed. The gang started closely backing the upstart Fernandez, who triumphed within the match by scores of 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
In a information convention following her defeat, Osaka admitted that “just lately, like, after I win, I don’t really feel comfortable. I really feel extra like a aid. After which after I lose, I really feel very unhappy. I don’t suppose that’s regular.”
She then started to cry. When the moderator tried to finish the media session, Osaka stated she wished to proceed.
“Mainly I really feel like I’m form of at this level the place I’m attempting to determine what I wish to do, and I actually don’t know after I’m going to play my subsequent tennis match,” Osaka stated. “I believe I’m going to take a break from enjoying for some time.”
Osaka has struggled together with her psychological well being. She withdrew from the French Open earlier than her second-round match in Could, and skipped Wimbledon. She misplaced within the Olympics in her native Japan and within the spherical of 16 to on the Western & Southern Open earlier than the US Open.
Within the US Open, Osaka superior to the third spherical by way of walkover after her second-round opponent withdrew with sickness. She defeated Marie Bouzkova within the first spherical Monday.