Former world No. 73 Sachia Vickery is battling an anxiety disorder and panic attacks but that doesn't stop her from chasing her dreams and striving to become the best player she can be. Vickery, 26, has had some solid results this year and she has encouraged anyone who is battling mental health issues to keep fighting and believing that better days will come.
"The fact that I can still play tennis at a high level while battling an anxiety disorder and panic attacks frequently truly shows me the power God has. Anyone out there that’s struggling keep fighting sometimes things have to get worst before they get better," Vickery wrote on Twitter.
The fact that I can still play tennis at a high level while battling an anxiety disorder and panic attacks frequently truly shows me the power God has 🙏🏾 anyone out there that’s struggling keep fighting sometimes things have to get worst before they get better 💕💕 — Sachia Vickery (@SachiaVick) April 8, 2022
Vickery qualified for Charleston this week
Vickery won two qualifying matches in Charleston, before falling short to Amanda Anisimova in the first round.
Even though Vickery failed to win a main draw match in Charleston, it was still a positive step for her as it was her first WTA main draw appearance this year. So far this season, Vickery has been mostlly playing the ITF events, where she has had some notable results.
In January, Vickery made the semifinal in Traralgon. Then in February, Vickery ended runner-up in Santo Domingo. Competing while battling anxiety and panic disorders certainly isn't easy but Vickery is refusing to quit.
Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, has been trying to bring attention to the importance of good mental health and well-being. In Miami, former world No. 1 Osaka admitted that she's seeing a therapist. . "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. "It only took like a year after French Open." Hopefully, Vickery's best days of her career are ahead of her.