‘Intention was good but the execution is all over the place’ Naomi Osaka unsure about Wimbledon participation due to the ranking points situation

After her first-round loss at the French Open, Naomi Osaka is not 100% sure about Wimbledon participation.

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

Ever since winning the Australian Open last year, Naomi Osaka has been on a downhill. She had a massive press conference debacle at the French Open last year after which she withdrew from the tournament. The incident had a huge impact on her mental health and the majority of her season was a setback after that.

After multiple breaks and vacations, Osaka finally returned to the tour this year only to bow out in the initial rounds of the Australian Open. Despite making it to the final of the Miami Open, she once again struggled on clay and managed to win just one match. She bowed out of the first round of the French Open to Amanda Anisimova on Monday in straight sets 5-7,4-6.

In the press conference, Osaka wasn’t disheartened by the loss and was very positive. She said that she fought very hard and overall, the match wasn’t too bad. She reasoned that she didn’t get much time to prepare due to her injury in Rome and hence there are not many regrets.

“I fought very hard. Overall it wasn’t too bad. Didn’t have the chance to prepare as well as I wanted for this tournament so today I made some bad decisions on the court, but it wasn’t too bad,” Osaka said.

About her injury, she said that everything was fine in the first set but she felt some trouble during the second set. “I didn’t feel my injury till the 2nd set,” she said.

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‘“I’m someone who gets motivated by the idea of rising in the rankings’: Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

Talking about her future plans, Osaka indirectly condemned WTA’s decision of snubbing ranking points for Wimbledon 2022. After Wimbledon’s ruling of banning Russian and Belarussian athletes, the ATP and WTA decided that no ranking points will be awarded for the 2022 Championships as a response to AELTC.

While Osaka understands the positive reason behind it, she believes that the decision isn’t executed properly at all. Hence her participation in Wimbledon 2022 is still not confirmed. “I’m someone who gets motivated by the idea of rising in the rankings. The intention of this measure was good, but the execution is all over the place,” she pointed out.

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