'Like hell:' As Olympics loom, Japan health care in turmoil
TOKYO (AP) — As she struggled to breathe, Shizue Akita had to wait more than six hours while paramedics searched for a hospital in Osaka that would treat her worsening COVID-19. When she finally got to one that wasn’t overwhelmed with other patients, doctors diagnosed severe pneumonia and organ failure and sedated her. Akita, 87, was dead two weeks later. “Osaka’s medical systems have collapsed,” said her son, Kazuyuki Akita. He has watched from his home north of Tokyo as three other family members in Osaka have dealt with the virus, and with inadequate health care. “It’s like hell.
Following her first round win at the French Open, Serena Williams told reporters she can relate to the anxiety Naomi Osaka feels during post-match press conferences and offered Osaka her support.
“The only thing I feel is that I feel for Naomi. I feel like I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it’s like," Williams said.
Williams comments came hours after Osaka announced her withdrawal from the French Open after receiving backlash for deciding to not partake in post match press conferences to protect her mental health. Osaka also wrote she will, "take some time away from the court now."
French Open Twitter account throws shade at Naomi Osaka over media blackout
The Roland Garros official Twitter account appeared to throw shade at Naomi Osaka on Saturday in a now-deleted tweet following the news of her media blackout at the French Open. Naomi Osaka will not be speaking to media at the French Open. "I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one,” she wrote, in part. Osaka also sent an email to tournament organizers explaining her decision, and insisted that the move “is 100% nothing against the French Open or even the press members themselves.
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Williams, the No 7 seed in Paris, said she has experienced the same type of anxiety as Osaka, and although she believes it made her stronger, she knows it's not the same for everyone.
'I wish I could give her a hug, - Williams on Osaka's withdrawal.
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“Not everyone is the same. I’m thick. Other people are thin. Everyone is different and everyone handles things differently. You just have to let her handle it the way she wants to and the best way she thinks she can. That’s the only thing I can say. I think she is doing the best she can," Williams said.
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As for how she deals with those situations, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said, “You really have to step forward and make an effort, just as in anything, and say, ‘I need help with A, B, C and D,’ and talk to someone. I think that’s so important to have a sounding board, whether it’s someone at the WTA, or someone in your life, or maybe it’s someone you talk to on a weekly basis."
Osaka has received support from numerous athletes like NBA player Stephen Curry and retired tennis stars Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King after revealing Monday afternoon she has dealt with depression since the 2018 U.S. Open, the same event when she beat Williams in the finals.
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Osaka, who entered the tournament as the world's No. 2-ranked player, said last Wednesday she wouldn't subject herself to, "people that doubt me," as to why she wouldn't speak with the media.
Naomi Osaka's sister says clay-court criticism prompted media boycott: 'Her confidence was completely shattered'
Hours after Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 and warned of stiffer consequences for shirking French Open media responsibilities, her older sister shed light on what prompted the tennis phenom's press boycott. Mari Osaka posted a message on Reddit Sunday afternoon explaining that Naomi's refusal to speak with media started with criticism over her performance on clay surfaces. Mari, a retired tennis player, deleted the post after it gained traction on social media, but not before The New York Times verified with Naomi Osaka's team that it was written by Mari.
She received criticism from multiple media outlets and those in the tennis world, including the official Twitter account of Roland Garros — where the tournament is being held. Osaka defeated Patricia Maria Țig in straight sets in the first round of the tournament before withdrawing. Following her victory, she was fined $15,000 by the French Open for not speaking with the media, with officials saying she was, "exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences."
Naomi Osaka, a three-time Grand Slam winning tennis player, advanced to the finals of the 2021 Australian Open. Osaka said May 31, 2021, that she is withdrawing from the French Open following the bitter fall-out from her decision to boycott all media activity. Take a look at her life and career in pictures.
Naomi Osaka of Japan serves in the women's single's match against Jarmila Wolfe of Australia during day two of the 2016 Hobart International at the Domain Tennis Centre on January 11, 2016 in Hobart, Australia.
Naomi Osaka of Japan reaches for a forehand against Madison Keys of the United States in a women's semi-final match on day eleven of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 6, 2018.
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Naomi Osaka, Billy Jean King, and Serena Williams before the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 8, 2018.
Naomi Osaka of Japan wins a point against Serena Williams of the USA in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 8, 2018.
Naomi Osaka of Japan (left) cries as Serena Williams of the USA comforts her after the crowd booed during the trophy ceremony following the womenÕs final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 8, 2018.
From left, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Serena Williams of the United States, and Roger Federer of Switzerland participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony on new stadium court at Hard Rock Stadium prior to play in the first round of the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex on March 20, 2019.
Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a backhand during her ladies singles second round match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during Day five of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2019 in Paris, France.
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Naomi Osaka celebrates as she speaks with French former tennis player Fabrice Santoro, after winning against Belarus' Victoria Azarenka during their women's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019.
Naomi Osaka walks onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium to face Coco Gauff of the United States in the third round on day six of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019.
Naomi Osaka of Japan prepares to walk onto the court wearing a mask with the name of Ahmaud Arbery prior to her match on day five of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 4, 2020. Osaka became known for her masks honoring victims of police brutality in the US.
Japan's Naomi Osaka signs autographs for fans after beating Serena Williams of the US in their women's singles semi-final match on day eleven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 18, 2021.
This hand out photo released by the Tennis Australia on February 20, 2021 shows Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup trophy after her women's singles final match against Jennifer Brady of the US on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Romania's Patricia Maria Tig during their first round match of the French open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Paris.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Serena Williams says she feels for Naomi Osaka, also gets post-match press conference anxiety
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In the 1995 interview, Richard Williams interrupted ABC News' John McKenzie for questioning his daughter's self-belief.On Monday, the world No. 2 announced she would "take some time away from the court" to protect her mental well-being and withdrew from the second Grand Slam tournament of the season with immediate effect.