Naomi Osaka is back on the court and back speaking to the media again. And she’s got good reason to do so. The stress she was under with the French Open and before, she’s appeared to be able to get over and winning her first match at the Olympics probably didn’t hurt either. Who wouldn’t want to be in front of the cameras after winning in front of arguably the biggest stage you’re going to ever have as an athlete?
She beat 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 today at the Tokyo games and went over to tell the press how her “huge waves of anxiety” before meeting with the media is why she had presviously chosen to skip press conferences. “More than anything else, I’m just focused on playing tennis,” Osaka said. “The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, so I feel like the break that I took was very needed. I feel definitely a little bit refreshed, and I’m happy again.”
Naomi Osaka wins her first match back in straight sets ✨
— On Her Turf (@OnHerTurf) July 25, 2021
She also said she was “happy” that reporters were asking her questions, then said: “I feel a little bit out of my body right now. There’s nothing wrong with my body; I just felt really nervous,” Osaka said. “I haven’t played since France, so there were definitely some things that I did a bit wrong, but I think I can improve in the matches that I continue playing.”
Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron 👏 #Tokyo2020
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) July 23, 2021
We’re happy she’s in a better head space and most importantly, this is a big win for a 23 year old that’s now the highest paid athlete ever.