Naomi Osaka Maintains Positive Outlook and Focuses on Growth in Tennis Journey

Naomi Osaka, on the tennis comeback trail after the birth of her child, alters her approach to tour life. Despite recent defeats, she remains motivated and emphasizes growth as a player.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, currently on the comeback trail after the birth of her first child, remains motivated and embraces growth despite facing a string of defeats since her return to tennis. The former world No. 1, away from the sport for 15 months due to pregnancy, made her comeback in January but hasn’t progressed beyond the second round in any event.

Osaka, competing in the Qatar Open in Doha, expressed her altered approach to touring since returning. She acknowledged the challenges results-wise but emphasized her growth as a player. “I feel like I’m growing a lot as a player, and hopefully, with more matches, I’ll be able to do better,” she stated.

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The tennis star highlighted the changes in navigating tour life and credited her role as a mother for influencing her perspective. “I guess being a mum has helped me with that because every minute does matter. It’s funny; I find myself being on Shai’s schedule even though I’m here, so I know exactly when she wakes up and everything,” Osaka shared.

While Osaka has faced setbacks on the court recently, including a nine-game losing streak, she maintains a positive outlook on her achievements. Despite the challenges, she expressed determination and emphasized the importance of trying as hard as possible. “There’s no such thing as failure. You just have to keep getting back up,” she affirmed.

Returning to Doha for the first time since 2018, Osaka is set to face Caroline Garcia in a marquee first-round encounter, marking their second meeting this season.


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