Naomi Osaka ‘pretty happy’ regardless of falling to 48th in WTA rankings

Osaka – a previous world selection one particular – has slipped to 48th in the latest WTA rankings, and has not gained a match at a grand slam considering the fact that she defeat Madison Brengle in the next spherical at the Australian Open up in January.

The Japanese-born star was eradicated in the 1st round at the French Open and US Open this calendar year, and did not compete at Wimbledon due to an Achilles damage.

Possessing taken some time absent from the video game past calendar year to focus on her psychological health, Osaka has struggled to get back again to her past significant concentrations.

However, speaking in advance of the Pan Pacific Open up in Tokyo, she seemed calm about the condition, as she suggested she is improving upon both on and off the court.

“It was kind of tricky at initial, just because I experience like I should be somewhere where by I am naturally presently not,” the 24-calendar year-aged mentioned.

“I imagine for me, it is additional about staying at peace with myself. I know that I’m below for a rationale.”

Osaka has 7 vocation singles titles to her identify, including 4 majors – she has received 2 times at Flushing Meadows and twice at the Australian Open.

“This year has not been the greatest year for me, but I’ve discovered a lot about myself,” she extra.

“Everyday living is ups and downs, and this calendar year was additional down than up, but all round I am pretty delighted with where by I am now.”

She is planning to defend her title at the Pan Pacific Open, which has not been held in three several years due to the coronavirus pandemic, beginning with a match versus Daria Saville on Tuesday.

“It feels genuinely bizarre to listen to that I am the defending champion simply because it was the previous time I played in 2019,” she explained.

“I would like to earn it once more, but I consider just getting it one particular match at a time… and also just actively playing in entrance of a crowd in Tokyo once again, mainly because the Olympics was crowdless, so it will just be great to see individuals.”