The events that have involved Naomi Osaka this season are now known to all. Especially since what happened after her triumph at the Australian Open.
The young Japanese star, at the Roland Garros, due to the pressure received from the organizers of the tournament and the possible disqualification due to the decision to cancel the press conferences (she later revealed the mental health problems that are afflicting her), she decided to retire earlier of the second round match.
Osakacame back to the court in July at the Tokyo Olympics, in which she was also the torchbearer who lit the Olympic brazier. In the third round of the women’s singles, however, she was defeated by Marketa Vondrousova for 1-6 4-6.
Later, the Japanese showed up in Cincinnati, where in the second round she was surprised by Jil Teichmann, who beats her 6-3 3-6 3-6. Naomi then shows up at the US Open, where she is the defending champion: in the third she was eliminated by eventual finalist Leylah Annie Fernandez.
In the next press conference, she announces that she wants to take a break from tennis.
Kimiko Date: “Naomi Osaka takes media duties too seriously!”
Kimiko Date, Naomi’s countrywoman, in an interview with Number 1 Shimbun, talked about her countrywoman and her relationship di lei with media press-conference.
Date reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. She retired from professional tennis in 1996, but she announced hercomeback in 2008. She said: “Osaka and I have one thing in common. We rose up the rankings very suddenly and we weren’t really prepared for what it meant.
Her personality di lei is one that takes everything to heart in a serious way and I think this exacerbates the problems she ’s had. You can deal with the media in many ways; you can say everything to them, or a little bit or nothing.
I get the impression Osaka actually takes her media obligations too seriously. Maybe she thinks she has to answer all their questions and so she feels pressure that way. I really understand her feeling about her.”
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.