Naomi Osaka has officially returned to tennis after a 15-month hiatus. The four-time Grand Slam champion returned at the Brisbane International. After losing her round of 16 match to Karolína Plíšková, the star credited sporting legends Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova for her successful return to tennis.
In the past, Naomi Osaka took breaks, claiming she didn’t enjoy playing tennis. Now that she’s back, the WTA star was asked if she’s having fun playing tennis now. To him she replied:
“I think I’m having a lot more fun. I also realize that there are many things that are not in my control. I feel more aware that I’m playing against the best players in the world. We both have the opportunity to win.
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Naomi Osaka revealed that she has been training hard to return after giving birth to her daughter in 2023. During the hiatus, her childhood heroes Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova also retired. Osaka said retirement made her realize that she still has a lot of time left and that she should make the most of it while she can.
I also think that I trained so much after giving birth that I need to enjoy these moments. I think in a way, seeing Sharapova and Serena retire, I know that life in tennis is not that long, so I should enjoy it while I can.”