FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Girls’s Singles – Spherical 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts throughout her third spherical match towards Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Edgar Su
August 30, 2021
(Reuters) – Naomi Osaka mentioned she intends to have a good time her personal achievements extra and won’t fear in regards to the expectations others place on her as she prepares to start her U.S. Open title defence.
Osaka’s match towards Marie Bouzkova will mark the 23-year-old’s first look at a Grand Slam since dropping out of French Open in June and skipping Wimbledon to guard her psychological well being.
“Lately I’ve been asking myself why do I really feel the best way I do and I understand one of many causes is as a result of internally, I feel I’m by no means ok,” the Japanese participant mentioned in a social media submit on Sunday.
“I’m gonna attempt to have a good time myself and my accomplishments extra, I feel all of us ought to.”
Osaka has emerged as the worldwide face for the game on the again of her 4 Grand Slam triumphs and outspoken views on racial injustice and police violence.
She defeated Victoria Azarenka in three units in final 12 months’s U.S. Open last earlier than happening to win the Australian Open in February.
“Your life is your personal and also you shouldn’t worth your self on different folks’s requirements,” mentioned Osaka, who’s seeded third at Flushing Meadows this 12 months.
“I do know I give my coronary heart to every thing I can and if that’s not ok for some, then my apologies, however I can’t burden myself with these expectations anymore.”
Osaka did not advance previous the third spherical of her final two tournaments however can sit up for the help of tennis-starved New York followers at Flushing Meadows, the place no spectators had been allowed final 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Open runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)