Naomi Osaka shares strong message after being heckled in Indian Wells

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Naomi Osaka shares strong message after being heckled in Indian Wells

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has stated that she would "still rather be myself than anyone else." It hasn't been easy a couple of days for Osaka as she didn't have a memorable campaign at the Indian Wells Masters.

Osaka, who captured her first Masters title in Indian Wells four years, started her campaign in the desert by beating 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round. In the following match, Osaka was heckled by a fan from the stands as Veronika Kudermetova claimed an upset 6-0 6-4 win over Osaka.

Osaka was visibly upset throughout the whole first set as she was crying and pleading to the chair umpire to remove the heckler from the stands. "Very proud of myself for reaching a point in my life that despite the lows, I would still rather be myself than anyone else," Osaka tweeted.

Osaka addressed the crowd after the match

"Hi," Osaka said, greeting the crowd. "I just wanted to say thank you. I feel like I cried enough on camera. To be honest, I've gotten heckled before and it didn't really bother me.

But heckled here. ... I've watched a video of Serena and Venus getting heckled here and if you've never watched it you should watch. I don't know why but it went into my head and got replayed a lot. I'm trying not to cry but, I just wanted to say thank you and congratulations [Veronika].

Thank you." Many players reflected on Osaka being heckled and one the players that gave his thoughs was Rafael Nadal. "I understand that Naomi suffered a lot with her kind of issues, mental issues. The only thing I wish her is recover well from that and wish her all the very best.

But the life, nothing is perfect in this life, no? We need to be ready for adversities," Nadal said. Osaka is set to play next the Miami Masters after being granted a wildcard into the tournament.