TOKYO – World number two Naomi Osaka admitted on Thursday that the last few months have been “the worst of my life” and that she hasn't had fun on the tennis court since winning the Australian Open in January.
Osaka's triumph in Melbourne was her second successive grand slam, following her victory at last year's US Open, and propelled the 21-year-old to number one ranking in the world.
Since then, the Japanese has failed to win a tournament, lost her number one ranking and crashed out at Wimbledon in the first round to Yulia Putintseva.
On Thursday, Osaka posted a message to her fans on social media explaining her recent dip in form.
I’ll leave this here just in case you feel like reading a book lol. pic.twitter.com/UD512lBRP1— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) August 1, 2019