“Cheers to the ups and downs of life,” Naomi Osaka, grateful for having battled her mental struggles, vowed to put in a strong showing in the Miami final

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

4-time Grand Slam Champion Naomi Osaka defeated Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in three sets 4-6,6-3,6-4 in the semifinals of the 2022 Miami Open, storming into her first final in Miami. Naomi has been out of shape since last year’s French Open and has struggled a lot with mental health issues. After a few breaks, she finally got back on tour this year at the Australian Open, only to lose in the third round.

She also lost in the second round at Indian Wells, but managed to turn things around in just a week by making it to the Miami Open final. During the tournament, Naomi also revealed that she has finally started seeing a therapist after losing at Indian Wells and it is helping her a lot.

Following her semi-final win, Naomi wrote a few heartfelt lines and tweeted a picture of her shoes, which symbolize hope. She said she’s too grateful right now and praised life’s ups and downs for making her appreciate the present moment even more.

“Man I know what’s going on but I’m so grateful right now. Cheers to the ups and downs of life that make me appreciate this moment even more. We’re back in a final, see you on Saturday.” Naomi wrote.

‘I have a feeling she was probably the best opponent in the world’: Naomi Osaka on Belinda Bencic

Naomi Osaka and Belinda Bencic
Naomi Osaka and Belinda Bencic

After the match, Naomi had some strong words for Bencic, saying that to test herself, the Swiss was the best possible opponent in the world for her. The Japanese didn’t have a good H2H record against Bencic so was very happy to cross the finish line.

“I wanted to go into this tournament and test myself and I feel like she was probably the best opponent in the world for that. I didn’t have good memories of playing against them. So I’m glad I made it through.” She said.

In the final of the Miami Open on Saturday, Naomi Osaka meets the new world No. 1, Iga Swiatek, in a blockbuster duel.

Also read: “I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” says Naomi Osaka on cloud nine after making it to the first Miami final, and says she struggled emotionally for a long time

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