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 don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I eventually started talking to a therapist after Indian Wells. It only took a year after the French Open,” said Osaka, referring to when she was disturbed by a fan. at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, on March 12, and when she withdrawn from Roland Garros to Paris last year after he chose not to speak to the media at the Grand Slam event, citing his mental health.

“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. “

In Indian Wells was Osaka disturbed by a spectator at the start of her second round match against Veronika Kudermetova. The viewer seemed to be yelling, “Naomi, you suck!” and Osaka looked shaken, losing the first set 6-0 and eventually losing the game in two sets.

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. “

When she retired from the French Open in 2021, Osaka revealed she had “suffered long periods of depression” since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018. Osaka skipped Wimbledon and then took another break from playing after a shock defeat to Leylah Fernandez at the US Open in the third round.
Osaka asks media questions at a press conference during the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 23, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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.

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