‘In 16ish Hours’: Naomi Osaka Is All Set to Defend Her Title at Australian Open 2022

Published 12/27/2021, 7:09 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 30: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic during their Women’s Singles first round match on Day One of the 2021 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has been missing in action since the US Open. During that period, she revealed that she would be taking time away from the game in order to rejuvenate herself for the new season.

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Well, Osaka recently uploaded a picture on social media that showed her ready to travel to the island continent. The 24-year-old player is ready to defend her title at the Australian Open. However, it will be interesting to see if she would be competing in any events prior to the first Grand Slam event of the season.

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Naomi Osaka has packed her bags for the Happy Slam 

In the picture, one can see Osaka wearing joggers and she teamed it up with a red hoodie that had a print of the Mona Lisa on it. She even wore a pair of sneakers along with glasses having a black frame. She stated, “See you in 16ish hours Australia.”

Reflecting on Osaka’s performances in Australia, she has won the event twice so far. She won titles in 2019 and 2021, making her one of the most successful players of the tournament in recent times. 

Coming on to the season Naomi has had this year, she began the year by winning her 4th Major in Melbourne. After that, she registered dismal performances in the French Open and withdrew before the second-round match due to mental health issues.

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She decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships and faired below average while representing Japan at the Olympic Games. Later, she was unable to defend her title at the US Open and lost to teenager Leylah Fernandez.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Leylah Fernandez (R) of Canada meets at the net after defeating Naomi Osaka (L) of Japan during her Women’s Singles third round match on Day Five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

She took a break from the sport eventually decided to come back after a short span.

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Well, she is now on the flight to Australia. We wish her all the best for the competition and for the rest of the 2022 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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