Naomi Osaka's special message to all moms after winning first match as mom

Osaka won her first match as a mom at the Brisbane International.

by Dzevad Mesic
Naomi Osaka's special message to all moms after winning first match as mom
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Naomi Osaka, 26, shared an inspiring message after winning her first match as a mom, telling moms all around the world that every one of them is unique. 

Osaka, who announced the birth of her daughter Shai in July, kicked off her post-pregnancy comeback on Monday at the Brisbane International. Stepping out on the court for the first time as a mom, the 26-year-old Japanese was triumphant as she beat Tamara Korpatsch 6-3 7-6 (9).

For Osaka, it was certainly a very memorable moment, considering that she underlined several times over the last couple of months that she would be playing for her daughter Shai in her return. After her win, Osaka took to social media as she had something she wanted to share with fellow moms.

"Dear moms, Everybody and every body is different. Don’t compare yourself to anyone, you’re beautiful and you’re loved," Osaka wrote on X.

Osaka felt Shai was watching her 

Against Korpatsch, Osaka was playing her first match since 2022 September. After her first match in 16 months, Osaka admitted that there was a different feeling on the court now that she is a mom. Also, Osaka felt like her daughter - who was at home - was there with her. 

“I wouldn’t really say it feels differently. Well, that’s a lie. I felt, I don’t know, like a part of me felt like Shai was watching me. I wanted to do my best for her,” Osaka said after her first win as a mom.

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Naomi Osaka© Getty Images Sport - Chris Hyde

Prior to the Korpatsch match, many were curious to see if there would be any rust in Osaka's game. But Osaka made a great start to the match, breaking Korpatsch in the first and ninth games to claim the first set.

In the second set, Osaka failed to serve out for the match when leading 5-3. Still, Osaka was able to complete a two-set win after saving two set points in the second-set tie-break and converting her third match point. 

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