“I can’t fill the vacuum left by Serena Williams,” said Naomi Osaka.

Naomi Osaka, a tennis player from Japan, will resume play at the WTA 500 in Tokyo after a very difficult time both on and off the court. Only two victories from the semifinal in Miami in April served as her only experience, along with the obstacles she had to overcome to discover herself.

She clarified: “Since we haven’t played here since 2019, I find it difficult to think of myself as the reigning champion, but of course I’d like to reconfirm. Now I feel like I want to play well. Every time I’m in Japan, I’m fine, I’m relaxed, and I have wonderful sentiments.

The crowd’s support could end up being crucial for me because the Olympics were held here without spectators. The Japanese tennis player tried to assess the season with great clarity: “Obviously it wasn’t my finest year, but at the same time I think I’ve learnt a lot about myself.

I consider life to be made up of ups and downs and this has simply been a much lower era than many others. I am grateful to be in excellent health. I had some injuries during the tour in Europe and it took me a long time to recover, but I accepted it.

That being said, I’m very content to be in Japan and to be in good health.”

“I can’t fill the vacuum left by Serena Williams,” said Naomi Osaka.

a constantly changing life that’s not always good or simple. Osaka concentrated on how things have changed since she won the first Grand Slam and how her goals have remained largely unchanged.

Added her: “I definitely don’t believe I can say the same thing from the point of view, but this has been a year of amazing personal growth for me. I am aware that I am an aggressive player, and I aim to continue to develop that quality.

Off the court, I find it astounding how much tennis has contributed to society in terms of opportunity “Serena Williams will inevitably come up in conversation, as will the parallelism that developed after her victory against the US champion in the final at Flushing Meadows.

We just can’t help but accept Serena’s magnificence and praise her for all that she accomplished for our spor. I got beyond the era where I was attempting to fill the vacuum left by someone else. You can’t be the successor to since in our own manner we are all unique.