“Super Hard for Her”: World No. 1 Golfer Seeks Inspiration From Naomi Osaka

Published 10/23/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning match point during her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Thirteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Not many players have managed to create to impact that Naomi Osaka has in women’s tennis. The Japanese star has earned success way faster than most of the successful players in this sport. However, with all the fame and euphoria, there comes whole baggage of attention that sometimes players do not wish for. 

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Recently, LPGA Olympic Gold medalist, Nelly Korda reflected on the situation that Naomi Osaka is in. She spoke on the stardom that the Japanese player has gained. At a young age to deal with negative criticism is difficult and which is why they say, that this kind of situation has its pros and cons. 

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The American golfer spoke on this and stated, “The prime example is Naomi Osaka. She just shot up into stardom and it’s super hard for her, it’s tough. Honestly, it has its pros and cons, everything does. I enjoy inspiring the next generation, I love being out there. That’s what I work for but it’s hard too.”

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There are similarities between Naomi Osaka and Nelly Korda 

Speaking of Korda, she is a professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. She has won the tournament six times and at such a young age of 23 years, tasted a fair amount of success. She and Osaka have similarities as both athletes have been triumphant in their careers at such an early stage. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 14: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning match point in her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day seven of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 14, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Coming to tennis, Naomi Osaka has not been seen on a tennis court since the US Open exit. She opted out of the Indian Wells as she wanted a break away from the sport. The Japanese player will look to rejuvenate and come back stronger. However, it will be interesting to see if she is able to defend her title at the Australian Open next season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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