Upcoming Romanian Tennis Player Sports Naomi Osaka’s Gear at WTA Transylvania Open 2021

Published 10/25/2021, 4:48 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan enters to play Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


With just a few years into the WTA tour, former world no.1 and four-time major champion Naomi Osaka has managed to carve out a separate brand for herself irrespective of her on-court form. The Japanese player, who started the year on a high by winning the Australian Open, struggled to maintain consistency for the rest of the season.

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Adding to her on-court struggle was her off-court controversy at the French Open, where she decided to skip the post-match pressers. This move forced Osaka to walk out of the tournament and rest at home with friends and family to focus on her mental health.

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Nike clothing wear of Naomi Osaka was put on by Andreea Prisacariu at the WTA Transylvania Open

Last year, when Osaka won the US Open in an emphatic manner, popular sports wear brand Nike released a clothing gear under her name.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns the ball in the second set 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)

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At the on-going Transylvania Open, a cropped t-shirt from the Naomi Osaka collection Nike was put on by the upcoming Romanian tennis talent, Andreea Prisacariu.

Prisacariu’s debut at the WTA tour ended up on a losing cause as she bowed down to Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets.

Coming to Osaka’s comeback event, it’s still unclear whether the Japanese player would want to make an entry into any of the remaining WTA tournaments or prepare herself to defend the Australian Open crown next year.

Osaka will most likely skip the rest of the season and prepare to defend the 2022 Australian Open

In a tumultuous year for the Japanese no.1, Osaka witnessed how fame could be a double-edged sword as she faced brutal criticism for her stance on press conferences as fans remain divided over her decision.

Moreover, Osaka’s inability to respond on-court didn’t help her case as she experienced heart-breaking losses at the Cincinnati Open and at the US Open. Especially in New York, Osaka was stunned by a spirited performance from the Canadian prodigy, Leylah Fernandez.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: Naomi Osaka of Japan returns the ball during her Women’s Singles semifinal match against Jennifer Brady of the United States on Day Eleven of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

During that third round, Osaka was in complete control over the matchup and appeared to have won it comfortably. But, the Canadian’s resilience in not budging out of the contest proved too much for Naomi Osaka as she lost the match in three sets.

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After a horrendous season this year, it will be interesting to see the strategies Naomi Osaka will implement next year to remain on top of women’s tennis.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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