“Next One”: Venus Williams Cheers Naomi Osaka Up After Shocking Exit From Mutua Madrid Open 2021

Published 05/03/2021, 7:58 AM EDT
HONG KONG, HONG KONG: Naomi Osaka of Japan (R) shakes hands with Venus Williams (L) after winning their second round women’s singles match during the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open 2017 at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)


Tennis ace Naomi Osaka was having the time of her life until her shock exit from Madrid Open 2021. Over the past 8 months, she has won two Grand Slam titles at the US Open 2020 and most recently at the Australian Open this year. She even climbed up a spot in the rankings and became the second-best player in the world.

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Recently, Naomi Osaka was competing at the Mutua Madrid Open. Unfortunately for her, she lost in the Round of 32 matches and her struggles on the clay courts continued. She lost to Karolina Muchova in three close-fought sets, 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 in a match that lasted for close to two hours.

Mar 31, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a backhand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After the match, she posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, “Caught an L today but beyond happy with how hard I fought and very grateful for the team I have around me. I already know something good is coming for me, so I’ll keep putting my head down and working hard. Tomorrow is a new day! Thank you guys for the support.”

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Venus Williams backs Naomi Osaka after an early exit in Madrid

Osaka has found support in American legend Venus Williams, who came across her post and commented, “Next One”. The message from Williams was loud and clear, indicating Naomi to shrug off the disappointment and focus on the next tournament.

During her career, along with success, Williams has been through her fair share of losses which have led to disappointments. Being on Tour for so long, her experience is greater than most of the current crop of players. In the past, she has bounced back to winning ways, and keeping that in mind, she lent her support to the Japanese starlet.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Venus Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury during her second-round match against Italy’s Sara Errani REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Moving on to tennis this season, Venus was herself competing at the Mutua Madrid Open but lost to Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady in the opening round. Similarly, Naomi Osaka lost in the early stages of the tournament too. Her next stop will be in Rome, to compete for the final WTA 1000 clay-court event of the season.

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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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