Cori Gauff like Naomi Osaka. Not only for the popularity, for the victories, for the young age and for the fact of being destined, albeit with different ages, to be the present and future rulers of the WTA Tour. But also for the dark side of life.
The young American star has in fact revealed that she suffered from the same mental problems that are afflicting the Japanese icon. During a recent interview, Coco confirmed that she also struggled with mental health issues and she intends to use her platform to address these problems.
She said: "That's something personally I had to work through and deal with, and I would imagine that other people feel that, too. It's important for us to know that our worth isn't defined by how well we do in our sport.
For me, when you're writing out your problems. You can kind of figure out what you're feeling. Once you know what the problem is, you can fix it. I'm not the only one in the world who believes in this message, but not many people have the opportunity to reach as many people as I can.
I try to be the voice for those who don't have one."
Their lasts tournaments of this season
Naomi, after winning the Australian Open 2021, took part in the Roland Garros, where she overtook Patricia Maria Tig with a score of 6-4 7-6, but later, due to the pressure received from the organizers and the possible disqualification from the tournament due to upon the decision to cancel the press conferences, Naomi decided to retire before the second round match, which saw her opposed to Ana Bogdan.
In addition, the multiple Grand Slam champion was fined $ 15,000. She communicated her retirement, with the return to the field at a later date, through the various social media. Osaka came back on the court in July at the Tokyo Olympics, where she was also the torchbearer who lit the Olympic brazier.
On that occasion she won in the first round against Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-4 and then against Viktorija Golubic 6-3 6-2. In the third round, however, she was defeated by Marketa Vondrousov for 1-6 4-6. Gauff, after the semifinals in Rome and the victory in Parma, became the youngest player to land in the last eight of Roland Garros since 2006, when the Czech Nicole Vaidišová succeeded.
In the quarterfinals, the American lost to the Czech Barbora Krejcikova with a score of 6 (6)-7 3-6, not exploiting five set points in the first half.