Naomi Osaka has already spoken openly about the importance of prioritising her mental health and committed to focusing on her own accomplishments rather than the expectations placed on her by others; the 23-year-old opens her US Open defence against Marie Bouzkova.
As she prepares to defend her US Open title, Naomi Osaka says she plans to focus more on her own accomplishments and not on the expectations placed on her by others.
The 23-year-match old’s against Marie Bouzkova will be her first at a Grand Slam since withdrawing from the French Open in June and skipping Wimbledon to focus on her mental health.
“Recently, I’ve been asking myself why do I feel the way I do, and I’ve realised one of the reasons is that inwardly, I never think I’m good enough,” the Japanese footballer wrote on social media on Sunday.
“I’m going to attempt to celebrate myself and my accomplishments more, and I believe we should all do so.”
With four Grand Slam titles and outspoken views on racial injustice and police violence, Osaka has emerged as the sport’s worldwide face.
She won the Australian Open in February after defeating Victoria Azarenka in the US Open final in three sets last year.
“You shouldn’t evaluate yourself based on other people’s standards,” said Osaka, who is seeded third at Flushing Meadows this year.
“I know I give my heart to whatever I can, and if that isn’t good enough for some, my apologies, but I can’t put such expectations on myself any longer.”
Osaka has lost in the third round of her last two tournaments, but she can count on the support of tennis-deprived New York fans at Flushing Meadows, where no spectators were allowed last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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