We may have seen the last of Naomi Osaka for at least this year. At a greedy press conference following her defeat in the hands of Leylah Fernandez on Friday night at the US Open, she said she “will take a break for a while.”
Osaka, the defending US Open champion, had an almost meltdown during her third round match with Fernandez, throwing her racket several times and going into a bathroom without telling anyone about her plans. She also received a warning for hitting a ball in the stands.
When she returned from her unannounced bathroom break, she seemed distracted and hurried. The crowd began to strongly back up the upstart Fernandez, who won the match with positions of 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
At a press conference after her defeat, Osaka admitted that “recently, as when I win, I do not feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose weight, I feel very sad. I do not think that is normal. ”
Then she started crying. When the moderator tried to end the media session, Osaka said she would continue.
“Basically, I feel like I’m a little bit at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis game,” Osaka said. “I think I’m taking a break from playing for a while.”
Osaka has struggled with his mental health. She withdrew from the French Open before her second-round match in May, skipping Wimbledon. She lost at the Olympics in her home country Japan and in the round of 16 to the Western & Southern Open before the US Open.
In the US Open, Osaka advanced to the third round via walkover after her second-round opponent retired with illness. She defeated Marie Bouzkova in the first round on Monday.
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