Naomi Osaka is thinking of taking another break from tennis “for a while” after losing in the third round at the U.S. Open on Friday night.
“When I win, I don’t feel happy, I feel more like a relief. When I lose, I feel very sad,” Osaka said at her news conference following a 5-7, 6-7 (2), 6-4 loss to Leylah Fernandez, an 18-year-old from Canada who is ranked 73rd and never had been this far in Grand Slam competition. “I don’t feel like it’s normal.”
Osaka added: “I’m basically at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do.”
Osaka’s game was entirely off as she smacked her racket against Arthur Ashe Stadium’s court and would soon toss her equipment, sending it bouncing and skidding halfway to the net.
By the end, the crowd was booing her for turning her back to the court and taking too much time between points.
This was Osaka’s first Slam tournament since she pulled out of the French Open.