Naomi Osaka “shocked” after being knocked out of US open by a teenager

Osaka to take break from tennis


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Naomi Osaka, the Japanese tennis star, will take an extended break from the sport after being knocked out of the US Open third round by Canadian youngster Leylah Fernandez.

It was a spectacular comeback from the 18-year-old World No. 73, who fought back from serving for the match to win 5-7 7-6 6-4.

After the loss, an emotional Osaka told reporters, "I honestly don't know when I'm going to play my next tennis match… I believe I will take a vacation from tennis for a while.”

Osaka pledged to adapt her mentality and appreciate her numerous successes ahead of the 2021 US Open, stating she can no longer "burden" herself with the expectations of others.

The four-time Grand Slam champion withdrew from Roland Garros after skipping post-match talks with media, citing mental health issues.

When she was penalised and told that future such infractions may result in harsher penalties, Osaka withdrew from the competition and skipped Wimbledon, drawing global awareness of the mental problems that world-class athletes face.

Despite the fact that Osaka is a favourite, having won two US Open championships in the past, the New York audience supported Fernandez.

Osaka broke at 5-all in the first set and again in the second, aiming for a straight-sets victory.


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