Naomi Osaka says she started talking to a therapist after Indian Wells
After defeating Australian Astra Sharma 6-3, 6-4 in her first round match at the Miami Open, the four-time Grand Slam champion told reporters she felt better.
“I realize how useful it is,” Osaka said while speaking to a therapist. “I’m happy to have people around me who told me to go in that direction.”
When a reporter asked her why this was the moment when Osaka decided to choose to talk to someone, she said it was because her sister, former professional player Mari Osaka, “seemed very worried about me”.
“I feel like I’ve tried a lot of different things because I tend to internalize things and I also want to do it all by myself,” Osaka said, adding that his coach, Wim Fissette, “put it all in a really good way. a coach for tennis, for fitness. The mind is such a big thing. If you can get help from a 0.5% professional, it alone is worth it. “
Osaka addressed the crowd after the defeat, saying that being disturbed didn’t bother her at the time, “but disturbed here, like, I saw a video of Venus and Serena (Williams) being disturbed here, and if you have I don’t. never seen, you should look at it. I don’t know why, but it got into my head and was repeated a lot. “
Osaka said Wednesday in Florida: “I think for me, the situation in Indian Wells, I have second thoughts. I realize that I have never been disturbed. I was booed, but not as a direct cry- It took me out of my element.
“I feel like I was prepared now. I was preparing myself before the game to know just that it’s something that could happen now. I think I just have to change my mentality a bit.”
Next up for Osaka at the Miami Open is left-handed Angelique Kerber of Germany in the second round. Kerber has a 4-1 lead in head-to-head matches.