“Learning How to Horseback Ride”: Naomi Osaka Reveals How She Spent Her Time During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published 03/07/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott


The last 12 months have been incredibly tough on everybody. The coronavirus stopped many activities and even today, it is still spreading around the world. How are players coping at such a time? Japanese star Naomi Osaka has revealed how.

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“It’s been a hard year and certainly has felt very unique but the way I get through is by taking advantage of my newfound time to do things that I never had the time to do before like learning how to horseback ride, getting better at photography, trying ornate dishes that I had never cooked before,” she said.

“My normal years are hectic and scheduled out months in advance so this has been a time of slowing down and has allowed for a lot of self-reflection. The way I see it, my family and the people I care about are healthy so there’s not much more I can really ask for,” she added.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021. Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.

Naomi Osaka In Incredible Form

Due to the pandemic, the WTA Tour was suspended for months. It returned in August of 2020 and since then, we have seen the domination of Naomi Osaka.

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She reached the final of the Cincinnati Open and she went on to pick up her third Grand Slam at the US Open. After this, The Japanese star didn’t play any event for the rest of 2020. However, she came back strong in 2021 and picked up her 2nd Australian Open title.

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Osaka is in incredible form and is looking good to get her hands on the World No. 1 ranking once more. At the moment, she is 1300 points behind Ashleigh Barty. She clearly has a lot of ground to cover but if she continues her great run of form, she will cover it in no time.

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