French Open 2022: Naomi Osaka loses in first round, says she's unsure about participating in Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka’s intends to win the 2022 French Open were rushed rapidly as she was up to Amanda Anisimova in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 in the preliminary. That was a rematch from when Anisimova beat Osaka in the 3rd round of this year’s Australian Open.

Even though Osaka didn’t get the outcome she wished for, she still stated she left Paris in a far better method than in 2015. Osaka took out of the 2021 competition prior to the 2nd round due to psychological health issues. Returning this year wasn’t simple, however she mored than happy she chose to do it. 

“These past few weeks in Europe have been a real character test but I’m glad I came,” Osaka composed on social networks. “Overall just really happy this year I’m leaving with a completely different emotion than the previous one.”

As she concluded her clay court season, Osaka likewise went over the approaching lawn season and her uncertain ideas concerning Wimbledon, due to no points being provided this year. Her choice is tentative yet, however the Japanese star stated she is favoring not taking part.

The WTA removed ranking points from Wimbledon after prohibiting Russian and Belarusian professional athletes. Osaka stated that choice is making the competition seem like an unusual competitors.

“I’m not sure why, but I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition,” she stated. “I know this isn’t true, right? But my brain just like feels that way. Whenever I think something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it 100 percent. I didn’t even make my decision yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances, but that might change.”

The four-time Grand Slam winner did not take part in Wimbledon in 2015 due to the abovementioned psychological health break. Due to missing out on a considerable quantity of time for that, and likewise due to the fact that of an Achilles injury, Osaka entered this year’s French open at 38th in the WTA rankings. 

She stated she remains in a much better location psychologically now and wishes to keep acquiring experience. However, she likewise confessed she would rather get a possibility to enhance her ranking at Wilmbelton due to her competitive nature.

“I would say the decision is kind of affecting my mentality coming into grass. I’m not 100 percent sure if I’m gonna go there,” she stated. “I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but at the same time for me — it’s kind of like, I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended, but I’m the type of player that gets motivated by seeing my ranking go up or stuff like that.”

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