In the past year, Osaka felt uncomfortable in her own skin.

In the wake of a difficult year in which she admitted to struggling with depression, Naomi Osaka said on Monday, “I feel more comfortable in my skin today.”After a mid-match breakdown, the former world number one prevailed 6-3, 6-3 against Colombian Camila Osorio in the final. She withdrew from the French Open and Wimbledon after her triumph at Melbourne Park, citing personal reasons.

She was forced to withdraw from the US Open in September after an upsetting first-round exit, and she subsequently went on an extended vacation. The 24-year-old states that she is now in a better position and is determined to be more hopeful in the next days and weeks.

In the past year, Osaka felt uncomfortable in her own skin.

“I would say that I feel more comfortable in my own skin.”It’s in our nature to be worried and to want to please everyone,” she observed, before continuing”After the French Open, I had the impression that everyone was judging me, and I couldn’t go outside without thinking that everyone around me was judging me… I’m not sure.

The experience of coming into a stadium to play and being concerned about everyone’s eyes is weird Now, I’m concentrating on being more self-centered, but in a positive way.”I simply want to have a good time,” said Osaka, who is seeded 13th in the 2021 tournament owing to her lack of playing experience. While I cannot expect to be victorious in every game, I can expect to have a good time and be challenged.”

After three matches in the preliminary round, Osaka withdrew from the tournament, claiming “body shock” after playing for the first time in four months. Her victory against the 50th-ranked Osorio on Rod Laver Arena was anything from straightforward.”I played well, and I didn’t know much about my opponent,” said Osaka, who has won the tournament twice in the last two years.

Every point she earned was earned with effort. I’m just relieved to be here. It’s always a pleasure to come back here.”Osaka overpowered Osorio in the first set, taking a commanding 5-0 lead. Osorio ultimately held service, and Osaka was broken and held again to get back into the set at 3-5. This caused her to lose her focus. When serving for the set, Osaka preserved two break opportunities and went on to win it in 31 minutes.

Osorio’s comeback was short-lived, however, as Osaka broke Osorio in the third game of the second set and never looked back, breaking twice more to advance to the second round of the tournament. She will now square off against American Madison Brengle, who was in the lead when Dayana Yastremska was forced to withdraw due to injury.

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