Naomi Osaka, once ranked No. 1 in the world, claims she has had “more downs than ups” in 2018.
After winning the Australian Open last year, the 24-year-old Japanese player has lost in the first round of her following three events.
She is a four-time Grand Slam champion but enters this week’s Pan Pacific Open ranked in 48th place.
Osaka said that 2018 was “not the finest year for me,” but that she had nevertheless gained valuable insight into who she is.
Although this last year had more challenges than successes, I am content with my current situation.
After a three-year hiatus due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Pan Pacific Open is back in Tokyo, and Osaka is there to defend her championship.
Osaka withdrew from the French Open in May 2021 and said she would be taking a vacation from tennis in September of same year after saying she has “suffered extended episodes of depression” since winning her maiden Grand Slam championship in 2018.
Osaka’s best performance in a Grand Slam this year came in the third round of the Australian Open; she withdrew from Wimbledon with an Achilles injury and was eliminated in the first round at both the French and US Opens.
She had a difficult time adjusting to life once she lost her tennis prowess.
It was challenging at first, she said, since she felt a strong sense of obligation to be doing anything other than what she was really doing at the time.
For me, everything seems to boil down to accepting who I am. There must be a purpose for my being here on Earth.
Osaka, who won her maiden Grand Slam championship at the 2018 US Open after defeating Serena Williams, recently said that she was “done trying to fill people’s shoes.”
That’s impossible, she continued; “everyone is different, and we’re all blazing our own trails and making our own journeys.
The match will take place on Tuesday, with Osaka taking vs Daria Saville of Australia, ranked 55 in the world.