Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka revealed that she has started seeing a therapist after the Indian Wells incident. Osaka was visibly upset and shaken after being heckled during her Indian Wells second round match against Veronika Kudermetova.
"Yeah, so -- hmm. I don't know if I'm allowed to say this, but I finally started talking to a therapist after Indian Wells," Osaka said, per Sportskeeda. "It only took like a year after French Open."
Osaka, a former world No. 1, revealed her therapist developed certain strategies for her to use when in challenging situations. "Yeah, I don't know, she kind of like told me strategies and stuff," Osaka revealed.
"I realize how helpful it is. I'm glad that I have people around me that told me to, like, go in that direction. But, yeah, I was basically just remembering all the things that she told me to do, just to take deep breaths and reset myself when I need to."
Osaka now feeling better
On Wednesday, Osaka kicked off her Miami campaign with a 6-3 6-4 win over Astra Sharma. "I feel better today. I think for me the situation in Indian Wells, I've kind of thought back on it.
I realize, like, I've never been heckled. I've been booed, but not like a direct yell-out kind of thing. It kind of took me out of my element," Osaka explained. Osaka, who hasn't won any titles since winning last year's Australian Open, has confirmed that she still wants to win Masters and Grand Slam events.
"Yeah, I've been kind of reflecting on it for a while," Osaka said. "For me, I kind of realize, like, anything that I do from this point is like a bonus. Of course, I want to win all the tournaments that I play. I want to win more Grand Slams."