Osaka's triumph in Melbourne was her second
successive grand slam, following her victory at last year's US
Open, and propelled the 21-year-old to number one ranking in the
Since then, the Japanese has failed to win a tournament, lost
her number one ranking and crashed out at Wimbledon in the first
round to Yulia Putintseva.
On Thursday, Osaka posted a message to her fans on social media
explaining her recent dip in form.
"Whenever things go wrong I blame myself 100%, I have a tendency
to shut down because I don't want to burden anyone with my
thoughts or problems," Osaka wrote.
"Unexpectedly, (through) the worst months of my life have also
had some of the best moments cause I've met new people."
"That being said I can honestly reflect and say I probably
haven't had fun playing tennis since Australia and I'm finally
coming to terms with that while relearning that fun feeling,"
"I've learned a lot about myself and I feel like I grew so much
as a person this past year(s) so I'm really excited what the
future looks like on and off the court."
"See you in the U.S. swing."
Osaka will be looking to regain her form ahead of the US Open
later this month, starting with competing at the Rogers Cup in
Toronto next week.
(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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