T.This year saw Naomi Osaka emerge from its shell in powerful ways, while still performing on the biggest stage. Despite playing in just four events, the 23-year-old closed his season in September with his third Grand Slam title and No. 3 ranking.
When the season began, the Japanese star had high expectations of himself as the defending Australian Open champion. Things looked good when she reached the semifinals of the warm-up tournament in Brisbane, but was knocked out of the third round by Melquin, the same Coco Goff who taught the same young man a lesson at the last Grand Slam.
Osaka then appeared on Spanish soil in an extraordinary Fed Cup match, where they were defeated by Sarah Sorbes Tormo, winning just three games. It was an itchy period, but when the seizure stopped, it was the least of the troubles.
When the operation resumed in August, it was in the form of Osaka, which looked clearer and calmer than before, and had a bigger purpose than tennis. After increasingly participating in demonstrations for the Black Lives Meter in both Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Osaka sent a powerful message to New York that far more than their offer could or could be served.
“I think the biggest thing for me is to reduce the amount of remorse,” Osaka said. “So I definitely feel during quarantine, the biggest thing I thought when I got out of it, I want to grow as a person and I don’t want to regret it too much. Happened
“I’m not sure if it’s a light bulb or a special moment that prompted me to speak up, but I feel like it’s been building for a while.”
After Jacob Blake’s police firing on August 23, Osaka boycotted the semi-finals of the Western and Southern Open. After a full 24-hour pause in the game, she reached the court to defeat Alice Martins in straight sets. This is not an easy task under any circumstances, leave it at that after creating world titles.
“I don’t think I’m brave,” Osaka said. “I just feel like I’m doing what I’m doing. Yes, so honestly, when people say courage or whatever, I really I don’t just echo it, I feel like I’m not just wise, but that’s what I’m going to do at the moment.
He withdrew in the final against Victoria Azarenka due to a hamstring injury, which caused his upper leg to be tapped for the entire US Open and he will be out of Roland Garros. Little did anyone know that Osaka and Azarenka would get a championship match in just two weeks.
At the US Open, Osaka did not play his best game in the entire fifteenth, and at times, he made himself very difficult. She lost to Masaka Doi, Marta Kostyuk, Jennifer Brady and Azarenka, yet in each match, she found a new sense of relief to see her through the final line. And every match had the opportunity to wear a mask with the new name of an African-American who had been the victim of police brutality.
While her third Grand Slam title is a memorable career achievement, the summer of 2020 saw Osama become a role model beyond the limits of the tennis court. Its status as a global trend has reached new heights, and much of it is presented with its support system and self-confidence.
“A lot of people ask me if I’ve felt more stressed since I started talking more,” Osaka said. “Truth be told, not really. At this point, like, if you don’t like me, that’s it. You know what i mean I’m kind of proud here.
“I shouldn’t be here. So my l, I’m here, like, hoping to beat people.”Tennis.com