Sensational end and bitter tears with Naomi Osaka (23)!
The defending champion has already been eliminated in the third round of the US Open. Osaka lost 7: 5, 6: 7, 4: 6 against the Canadian Leylah Fernandez (18 / No. 73 in the world rankings) on Friday night.
But the even bigger surprise followed after the match: The four-time Grand Slam winner announced a break for an indefinite period.
Tears break out near Osaka
Osaka at the press conference: “I have the feeling that lately when I win I don’t feel happy anymore. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I’m very sad. I don’t think that’s normal. “
The world number three then began to cry bitterly.
He continued: “Basically, I feel like I’m at a 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 match. I think I’ll pause for a while. “
Then the press conference ended abruptly.
Osaka was already frustrated during the game at Arthur Ashe Stadium. She smashed her bat on the court and even threw it once. She later received a warning for hitting a ball in the stands. After losing the tie-break of the second set, she left the seat for a bathroom break with a towel on her head.
After already difficult months, it is the next sporting setback for Osaka.
In May, she withdrew from the French Open on the grounds of her mental health. She later announced in a post on social media that she had “long periods of depression” after her US Open victory in 2018.
Then she skipped Wimbledon and only played again at the Olympic Games in her native Japan.
Before the tournament, Osaka said she was happy with her game before the US Open and that it was “really nice” to be back.
But Osaka won’t be returning to the tennis court anytime soon …