Naomi Osaka: Four-time Grand Slam champion declares being pregnant

Osaka has gained two Australian Open and two US Open titles
Dates: 16-29 January Venue: Melbourne Park
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Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has introduced she is pregnant.

“2023 will be a year that’ll be full for lessons for me,” stated Osaka, including that she hopes to return in 2024.

“One thing I am looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom’.”

Osaka gained the final of her 4 Grand Slams on the Australian Open in 2021.

Nevertheless, she has spoken of the issues she has confronted since that memorable title win.

In Might 2021, after pulling out of the French Open, she revealed she had “suffered long bouts of depression” ever since profitable her first main title, the US Open, in 2018.

In September 2021 she took a five-month break from the game.

She misplaced within the third spherical of the Australian Open on her return, then the primary spherical of the French Open, missed Wimbledon due to harm and misplaced within the opening spherical of the US Open.

Osaka performed final on the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September and has dropped to 47 on the planet rankings.

“The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that it is the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun,” added Osaka, saying her being pregnant on social media.

“These few months away from the sport have really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to.

“I realise that life is so brief and I do not take any moments with no consideration, every single day is a brand new blessing and journey.

“I know I have so much to look forward to in the future.”

Osaka is the newest high-profile participant to take a break from tennis as a consequence of being pregnant.

Germany’s three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber revealed her being pregnant in August, suggesting she’s going to return after giving delivery, whereas former world quantity three Elina Svitolina is predicted to make her comeback this yr after giving delivery final October.

Serena Williams took a break to offer delivery in 2017 and returned later the identical yr, persevering with to play earlier than retiring in 2022.

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