“Can’t Burden Myself With Those Expectations”: Naomi Osaka Pens a Refreshing Note to Herself at Us Open 2021

Published 08/29/2021, 5:52 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 23: Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks during media day prior to the the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 23, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


There is no surprise that Naomi Osaka has been having a major mental health crisis over the last year. Breakdowns during the interviews, withdrawing from tournaments due to pressure, and avoiding the journalists are clear proof of how deeply Naomi is suffering. The former world no. 1 has just shared a long heartfelt message with her fans. She posted a screenshot of her notes along with some of her best memories over the years.

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Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) reacts during a match against Jil Teichmann (SUI) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Reigning Australian Open champion shared a post on Instagram and Twitter to share her thoughts. Japanese star expressed her gratitude towards her fans. She thanked those who supported her during these tough times and helped her fight them. The major problem this past year according to her is self-doubt. Questioning yourself after every decision you make whether it is big or small. This creates doubt in the person’s mind whether they are capable of doing the work or not. Osaka believes that her procrastinating over everything had made her feel the pressure that she did. 

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Naomi Osaka wants a positive mindset

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The athlete now wants to move past all of this and have a positive start in her life. She wants to celebrate her achievements and herself more. She feels that every small step taken with a positive attitude is a win. You can start winning your battle with even the smallest baby steps like “you got up in the morning and did not procrastinate on something”. Osaka believes that with so much happening around the world lately, having to wake up in the morning is something to be grateful about.

Naomi will be defending her title at the US Open this time. The reigning champion defeated Victoria Azarenka in an intense battle after losing the first set last year. 23-year-old Naomi is third-seeded this year in the tournament. She will be playing her first-round match today against Marie Bouzkova in the US Open.

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