“Last Person Standing”: Naomi Osaka Reveals What Keeps her Self-Motivated

Published 12/03/2020, 10:30 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. |REUTERS


The US Open 2020 winner Naomi Osaka seems pretty excited about the upcoming season. Although she could not take part in any other tournament after the US Open, she believes that she could resume from where she left in Melbourne. In a recent interview, Osaka revealed what keeps her motivated.

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“I just think about, wow that’s bad, I just think about like wanting to win,” began Naomi Osaka. “Like, I don’t really step on the court and play a match and just think about how to motivate myself. I just think about playing the point and stuff like that.”

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It’s definitely intriguing to hear such stuff from a 3-time Grand Slam winner. Osaka clearly highlighted that winning more points gives her the best motivation.

“So, if you’re talking about while I’m playing a tournament, I think I want my name to be the last person standing,” added a confident Osaka.

She reflected her mindset with the above statement. It became quite visible that the only thing she focusses on is winning the match. According to her, seeing herself at the top is what provides her with the self-motivation.

“Exciting opportunities keep me self-motivated”- Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka of Japan hits the ball against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women’s singles final match on day 13 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports | Credits: Reuters

In the same interview, Osaka also talked about what keeps her motivated off the court.

“If you’re talking off the court, then I don’t know, I feel like I’m busy most of the time. There are so many exciting opportunities that keep me motivated,” revealed the 23-year-old Japanese.

Interestingly, Osaka said that she used to be busy on most occasions. However, she admitted that there were many exciting opportunities that actually helped her stay motivated.

Osaka is surely one of those who want to fight and win every single game. Her fans believe that once she recovers from the injury, she will be unstoppable. They expect her to win more Grand Slams this season and finish at the top of the WTA rankings. She will be beginning the season at the Australian Open 2021.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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