“Tend to Overthink Everything”: Naomi Osaka Reveals How She Prepares Herself Before a Big Match

Published 03/16/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No. 2 Naomi Osaka recently lifted her fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2021. The Japanese star played some brilliant tennis throughout the tournament and defeated Jennifer Brady in the finals. The final scoreline of that match was 6-4, 6-3.

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There is a specific pattern that fans have observed in Naomi Osaka’s gameplay. Even though she faces a lot of trouble in the early matches of the tournament, she plays exceptionally well in a big match. In a recent interview, Osaka revealed how she prepares herself for such big matches.

“Physically I mainly prepare out of season,” began Osaka. “During these workouts, the body is on autopilot so I don’t really dwell on that much. Mentally, it is a bit more challenging.”

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(Quotes have been translated by Google Translate)

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her fourth-round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Osaka claimed that tennis is a sport that is full of ups and downs and she learns from every single game. She also remarked that difficult experiences in the sport are the most valuable assets.

“Tennis is full of ups and downs and I feel like I learn from every game. Difficult experiences are valuable and I know they will help me in the end,” added the 23-year-old.

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Osaka emphasized that Grand Slam matches are really challenging for her. She said that she can’t even sleep when she has a Grand Slam match the following day. However, she also revealed that she talks to her family in those moments and they calm her down.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka after winning her semi-final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

“Going to the Slam finals is definitely the worst. You really can’t sleep at night and you tend to overthink everything until the last minute. When that happens, I usually call my family and they calm me down. Then I go on the court and hope for the best,” concluded the Japanese star.

Naomi Osaka has got off to a great start in the 2021 tennis season. After winning the Australian Open 2021, she’ll surely try to excel in the upcoming clay-court season. Will Osaka be able to end the 2021 season as the World No. 1 player?

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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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