“Focused on Winning”: Naomi Osaka Explains Her Vulnerability To Cope Up With Pressure

Published 07/16/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks to media following her Women’s Singles third round defeat to Coco Gauff of the United States of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)


Tennis ace Naomi Osaka has been one of the instrumental players on the women’s Tour. She has made a considerable contribution to the women’s game. At the age of 23 years, to have such an influence on the game is highly commendable. 

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Recently, Naomi Osaka’s documentary has released on Netflix. So far, there are three episodes and in the first episode, she has revealed some interesting instances in her life with regard to her performances on a tennis court and how impactful it has been for her. She spoke about mental pressure.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The 23-year-old player stated, “For the first time I was the defending champion. So I felt like, so much pressure and stuff. I don’t know, I just felt like I was very lost cause I was just so focused on winning.”

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Naomi Osaka’s unfortunate past couple of months 

Not long ago, during the French Open, the Japanese star made a decision to avoid attending the post-match press conferences. She was fighting her own battles with mental trauma and pressure. However, she soon withdrew from the tournament as her decision wasn’t received well by the audience and tennis fraternity. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Reflecting on her season so far, the Japanese star began her journey in Melbourne, winning the Australian Open. Prior to that, she lifted the US Open title in the previous season. 

In recent events, Osaka skipped the Wimbledon Championships and has set her focus on the Tokyo Olympics. She will be representing the host nation and will be leading the front along with fellow compatriot Kei Nishikori

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Following that, she will be seen at the US Open Series. Having tasted a fair amount of success at the Open, she will relish the opportunity to bounce back to winning ways. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see how she performs in the upcoming events. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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