Following her US Open shock defeat, Naomi Osaka takes break from tennis
After her US Open defence ended in a shock defeat, Naomi Osaka has announced that she is taking an indefinite break from tennis.
She suffered a stunning loss to Leylah Fernandez 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Osaka served for the match in the second set, but allowed the 18-year-old storm to an impressive win.
Earlier this year, she had withdrawn from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health issues.
The 23-year-old has now admitted she will not play again for a “while”.
Speaking in a press conference, Osaka said, “Basically I feel like I’m 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 match. Sorry.
“I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.
“I feel like for me recently when I win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal”.
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