Naomi Osaka mentioned talking with reporters was damaging her psychological well being.© AFP
remained the image of calm answering questions on Wednesday after staging a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback victory over Coco Gauff to succeed in the third spherical of the WTA Cincinnati Masters. The shy Japanese second seed’s nervousness over attending compulsory post-match media conferences was nowhere in proof as she defined potential causes for her emotional disaster, which erupted three months in the past when she withdrew after enjoying one match at Roland Garros. She mentioned that talking with reporters was damaging her psychological well being.
“With every thing occurring in Haiti (her father’s homeland) and Afghanistan, issues are actually loopy,” the four-time Grand Slam winner mentioned.
“It is loopy for me to be within the US hitting a tennis ball and other people come and watch me play.”
Osaka, who grew up in New York, sounded as if she is attempting to return to grips with the psychological points that had been bothering her just lately, ones that despatched her away from the sport from Paris till the Tokyo Olympics final month.
That is her first occasion since she went out within the third spherical on the Video games.
“I ponder what affected me a lot and made me not need to do media. (Perhaps) I used to be petrified of dangerous headlines (if she misplaced),” she mentioned.
“I ought to really feel like I am successful (in life), having individuals come to look at me is an accomplishment.
“However that began not being an accomplishment for me — I used to be ungrateful.”
Osaka mentioned dealing with COVID-19 may also have been an element.
“Among the stress might have come from residing in Covid (tennis) bubbles and never seeing (outdoors) individuals,” she mentioned.
The problem flared once more this week in her first Cincinnati information convention, with an easy question inflicting her to burst into tears earlier than composing herself and getting by way of the session.
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