Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka admitted she is feeling regrets over not enjoying more the Tokyo Olympics. Osaka, who has become one of the most popular Japanese athletes, failed to secure a medal at this past Olympics in Tokyo.
Osaka won her opening two matches in straight sets but then suffered a shock loss to Marketa Vondrousova in the round-of-16. "So the other day I was reflecting on the Olympics, I don’t know if it was because the Winter Olympics are going on now but something had me reminiscing about the time I had," Osaka said, per Sportskeeda.
"I realized that I had regrets about the whole experience, (not the torch lighting though that was fire literally), there was a deep sense of sadness for not having more fun for the time I was there."
Osaka regrets not finding the joy at the Olympics
"[I] can’t believe I was at the Olympics in Tokyo and I failed to consistently find the immense joy in that.
I think that’s gonna be really important in my life going forward, just enjoying the experiences and making the most out of the time no matter how short or long it is lol," Osaka added. "Anyways, hope you guys are doing well and staying safe, I’m sure I’ll see you around." Meanwhile, Osaka is set to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters.
Osaka, now ranked at No. 82 in the world, didn't make the main draw cut for Indian Wells but received a wildcard into the event. "To return to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the place I won my first big event, it's special.
It was special in 2018 and it will be special again this March," Osaka said after being awarded a wildcard. Osaka last played at the Australian Open, where she was beaten in the third round by Amanda Anisimova. Osaka made it all the way in Indian Wells in 2019.