Former world number one Naomi Osaka admits this season has been “more negative than positive” for her. Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka has only 13 wins and 9 losses this season.
The Japanese, who is known as one of the best hard-court players, suffered three straight first-round losses on the hard-court North American tour. The 2022 season has not been very good for Osaka in terms of results and she is now the 48th player in the world.
“This year hasn’t been the best for me, but I’ve learned a lot about myself,” Osaka said, according to AFP. “Life is full of ups and downs, and this year has had more downs than ups, but overall I’m pretty happy with where I am now.”
Osaka on its fall from the top of tennis
Osaka, 24, is still considered one of the most talented players on the WTA Tour and is seen as someone who has what it takes to claim Grand Slams.
“It was a bit difficult at first, because I feel like I should be at a level where I’m not currently,” Osaka admitted. “I think for me it’s more about being at peace with myself.
I know I’m in this position for a reason.” This week, Osaka hopes to turn the page in Tokyo. On Tuesday, Osaka downgraded in Tokyo, but in a very unfortunate way.
In the first round of Tokyo, Osaka faced Daria Saville, who suffered a horrific knee injury in the second game of the match. After Saville retired, Osaka’s four-game losing streak came to an end.
In the past, Osaka has achieved notable results in front of their audience in Tokyo. In 2016, Osaka reached her first final in Tokyo before losing to Caroline Wozniacki.
In her last Tokyo appearance – dating back to 2018 – Osaka reached the final before losing to Karolina Pliskova. Osaka takes on Beatriz Haddad Maia in the Round of 16 in Tokyo.