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Japanese former number one continues her competition hiatus

After the US Open failure, Naomi Osaka reported she would be absent from this year's Indian Wells Masters, a tournament she won back in 2018.

Japanese former number one continues her competition hiatus

Naomi Osaka expectedly departed from the next tournament of the calendar Masters series at Indian Wells, noting a break from competitive tennis following her US Open meltdown.

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The tournament, scheduled from October 4-17, will see its first edition two years after the 2020 edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fiasco in the US Open title defense had a significant impact on Osaka's mental health. The third-round loss 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 from the eventual finalist Leylah Fernandez earlier this month just revealed the frailty of her state.

Up a set and serving for the match at 6-5 on Arthur Ashe Stadium, four-time major champion Osaka lost her cool and composure after throwing her racquet three times in an unsuccessful second-set tie-break.

Between boos in New York, Japanese star Osaka entered a brawl with the spectators after hitting a ball in their direction at Flushing Meadows.

After the loss, Osaka told reporters she planned to "take a break from playing for a while."

She added: "I feel like for me recently, like, when I win I don't feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don't think that's normal. I didn't really want to cry.

"I feel like… this is very hard to articulate. I feel like I'm kind of at this point where I'm trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don't know when I'm going to play my next tennis match [tearing up]. Sorry."

It comes following a difficult couple of months due to mental health concerns as a result of "long bouts of depression" since winning the 2018 US Open.

Osaka withdrew from May's French Open having won her first-round match, after she was fined and threatened with further punishment – and possible expulsion from the grand slam – for skipping obligatory media duties.

She subsequently pulled out of Wimbledon before returning for the Olympic Games, though she suffered a surprise loss on home soil in Tokyo and was reduced to tears during a news conference in Cincinnati.


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