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Sport Naomi Osaka showed up ready to pursue gold — and ready to face the media

11:45  25 july  2021
11:45  25 july  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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NAOMI OSAKA ended her media boycott to say she has no issues talking to TV, radio and newspaper journalists.And the highest-paid sportswoman in the wo. There was plenty of curiosity after her first-round match about whether she would stop in the mixed zone, which is not part of a normal tennis player’s existence. She stopped for two TV crews, one international pen, one English written press pen and for the Japanese media , with only 2-3 questions permitted for each section by officials.

Osaka stunned the tennis world when she quit the claycourt major last month after being fined and threatened with expulsion for declining to face media after her first match. While the 23-year-old maintains a good relationship with journalists, she hopes the tennis world can respect mental health issues - just like any other workplace. (Reuters) - World number two Naomi Osaka said she was under immense pressure to disclose more details when she stepped away from the French Open for a mental health break, but is now ready to make Japan proud at the Tokyo Olympics.

TOKYO — It wasn't what some media members were looking for — there was grumbling about its brevity — but Naomi Osaka did talk to media after her first-round Olympic tournament win on Sunday.

In her first match since the first round of the French Open eight weeks ago, when she sent sports media and the game's gatekeepers into a tailspin by choosing her own mental health over press conferences, Osaka left centre court at the Ariake Tennis Park with a workwoman-like 6-1, 6-4 win over China's Seisei Zheng.

She spoke on court with the three major broadcast rights holders for the Games, including NBC, and then reported to the mixed zone, where interviews happen at many international events. Osaka seemed uneasy but certainly pleasant as she fielded questions in English and Japanese, though she only answered in English. (Osaka said in a newly released Netflix documentary that she speaks Japanese with her mother and sister, but is too nervous about mistakes with her grammatical structure to use it much in public.)

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Osaka stunned the tennis world when she quit the claycourt major last month after being fined and threatened with expulsion for declining to face media after her first match. While the 23-year-old maintains a good relationship with journalists, she hopes the tennis world can respect mental health issues - just like any other workplace. (Reuters) - World number two Naomi Osaka said she was under immense pressure to disclose more details when she stepped away from the French Open for a mental health break, but is now ready to make Japan proud at the Tokyo Olympics.

Naomi Osaka is Japan's poster girl for the Olympic Games this summer and her status as such is important in a country that is looking to change its image in the face of homogeneity. Seen as a 'hafu', Osaka has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father and has grown up in the United States since she was a toddler. And so she has always felt different. Even as success rolls in and national adulation follows, Osaka can never forget the journey to becoming the face of a modernising society.

It was a pleasant surprise that she chatted with media at all — word on Saturday was that it was unclear whether she would — and hopefully a sign that Osaka is in a better place mentally than she was in Paris, when she declared on the eve of the tournament that she wasn't going to do post-match conferences and then pulled out after winning in Round 1 when all four Grand Slams threatened to sanction her if she didn't abide by their rule.

"I don't feel that weird about it. It might feel weird to you guys but ... I'm happy that, I guess, you guys are asking me questions," Osaka told one of the small clusters of reporters. "But more than anything I was just focused on playing tennis and I feel a little bit out of my body right now."

a close up of Naomi Osaka wearing a hat: Naomi Osaka spoke with media after her first-round win at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Naomi Osaka spoke with media after her first-round win at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Wearing braids threaded with red and white, the colors of Japan's flag, Osaka faced Zheng in the oppressive midday Tokyo heat. Their match began just after 1 p.m. with the temperature at 90 degrees but a "feels like" of 96 degrees due to the humidity. And since it was the middle of the day, there was no shade on the court to speak of, save for the large umbrellas players sat under during their brief crossover breaks.

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Heat or not, two-month break or not, Osaka took the first set in just 32 minutes, her power often just too much for Zheng, ranked No. 52 in the world, to handle.

In the second set, up 3-2 and serving Osaka won a game at love, running Zheng all over the court.

But credit to Zheng, she didn't go down without a fight. With Osaka up 5-3 in the second she served to stay alive and fought off two match points to win the game.

Osaka closed things out on her serve, on four straight points.

"I felt a little bit like a giraffe all night, so I'm glad I at least appeared like I was sharp," she told NBC.

The 23-year-old, who was born in the port city of Osaka, about 310 miles west of Tokyo, to a Japanese mother and Haitian father and moved to the United States as a toddler, lit the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony Friday night. She has always played for Japan in international matches.

Unsure at first that she could reveal the detail, she said she was asked if she'd accept the honor back in March, around the time of the Miami Open.

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Naomi Osaka hasn't played competitive tennis in two months but beat Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the Olympics tournament. She has not played a competitive match since then, and it was uncertain whether she would take questions from the media here. But after her match, Osaka was shepherded through the mixed zone where reporters are stationed as athletes come off the court. After two questions each from the wire services, from English-speaking media and from Japanese media , International Tennis Federation press officials rushed her away.

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"For me right now I feel very, very proud," she told media. "When I lit the flame I was super honored. That's a position that you dream about and not anyone can do it and so for me, when they asked me if I wanted to, I was very surprised, very honored, and I'm just happy to be here and happy to play, especially in Tokyo."

Osaka said more than once that she was nervous to play again, and that her body feels fine. There were things she felt she did "a bit wrong" against Zheng and will look to improve on those as she continues to play here.

With Australia's Ashleigh Barty, the No. 1 seed, upset by Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in the match before hers on Sunday, the second-seeded Osaka now becomes the gold medal favorite. Japan has never medaled in women's tennis.

Osaka faces Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic, currently ranked 50th in the world, in the second round. The two have never met previously.

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