Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has dropped out of the top-10 for the first time in three years. Osaka, who was ranked at No. 2 at the beginning of the season, now sits at No. 12 on the WTA rankings list. Osaka, 23, broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career after winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2018.
Osaka made a strong start to the season, having won the Australian Open. The season started well for Osaka but it has been a struggle for the Japanese since her winning run at Melbourne Park. Osaka missed much of the action over the last couple of months because she wanted to focus on improving her mental health.
Osaka should return soon
After suffering a shock third round loss at the US Open, Osaka broke down in tears and said she would take another break. "You know, I’ve been playing tennis since I was three years old,” Osaka recently said on HBO’s ‘The Shop’.
“For sure I love the sport. I know I’m gonna play again, probably soon because I kind of have that itch again. “But it wouldn’t really matter to me if I won or lost. I’d just have the joy of being back on the court.
Just to, like, you know, that I’m doing it for myself." Osaka admitted she was concerned about what would others say. “I started to feel like that power was being taken away from me,” said the 23-year-old.
“I wasn’t playing to make myself happy and I was more concerned about what would people say about me. “I used to love the competition and just being competitive. Like if I were to play a long match, the longer it was the more fun it was for me.
“And then I just started to feel – recently – the longer it was the more stressed out I became. But I just needed a break to go within myself."