Naomi Osaka reveals being DEVASTATED after missing the Australian Open because of pregnancy, claims she may ‘actually’ play tennis at an older age like Serena Williams

Osaka did not fail to miss the Australian Major until this year due to her pregnancy.


Naomi Osaka reveals being DEVASTATED after missing the Australian Open because of pregnancy, claims she may ‘actually’ play tennis at an older age like Serena Williams

(L) Naomi Osaka, (R) Serena Williams (Via New York Times/Britannica)

Naomi Osaka, the former world number one in WTA, left her fans questioning the withdrawal of the former champ from the Australian Open. Later, the Japanese player revealed the reason for missing the Australian Open due to her pregnancy. A shocker for the fans, but they shouldn’t feel bad now as Osaka plans to get into her tennis shoes soon.

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The 25-year-old Japanese was a force to reckon with in the tennis world. She was very active in showing her skills on the court and expressing her stands off the court. The surprise of her Australian Open withdrawal comes with emotional baggage as the 4 time Grand Slam winner reveals that she was “devastated” on missing the tournament.

Osaka did not fail to miss an Australian Open until this year due to her pregnancy and was heartbroken about it. “I remember watching the Australian Open and being devastated because I’ve never missed an Australian Open,” revealed the Japanese in her recent interview with ESPN.

Osaka’s decision to miss the Australian Open was met with mixed reactions. While many fans congratulated her and hoped for a speedy return, others were a little devastated to see the former champ pull out from the league as they were eager for the return of the champ.

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Related: Naomi Osaka announces her return to Grand Slam tennis at the 2024 Australian Open after a prolonged pregnancy break

Naomi Osaka wants to follow Serena Williams’ path

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Naomi Osaka seen at the 2023 US Open Forum ( Via US Open)

Talking to ESPN, Osaka also revealed her excitement about being a mother and planning to play tennis at an older age. “When I was watching Serena and Venus I was thinking I probably no way will ever play at their age, but sitting here I’m like you know what? I might do that actually,” said the 2 time US Open winner. Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter in 2017 and continued to play tennis until she was 40 years old. This stands as an inspiration for the 25-year-old Naomi Osaka who intends to follow the footsteps of the American legends.

Naomi Osaka’s insights into her aspirations to play tennis at an older age are refreshing. It is tough for a player to be at their physical age at the age of 40 but it has given hope to her fans that the Japanese star will return to playing tennis. Fans are waiting to see how the future unfolds for the four-time Grand Slam winner.

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