Naomi Osaka, insulted by a spectator, bursts into tears mid-match

TENNIS – “Naomi you suck!” Naomi Osaka, plagued with mental health problems, was knocked out by Indian Wells in the second round of the WTA 1000, swept 6-0, 6-4 by Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova after she cried in the first set when no one in the public insulted her.

Six months after her tears of grief before the press at the US Open, Naomi Osaka broke out again after being insulted by a spectator in the third game of the first set. The Japanese tennis star couldn’t hide her emotion by sitting down in her chair for the side switch, next Saturday, March 12.

Tears she couldn’t suppress flowed after complaining to officials about the spectator’s behavior. Without consequences for the person who uttered these words, if it sometimes happens in the NBA that fans are evicted because of their verbal provocations or their aggressive behavior.

“To be honest, I feel like I’ve been harassed before, it didn’t really bother me. But I watched a video of Venus and Serena (Williams) being harassed here, she said between sobs. If you’ve never seen it, you should watch it.”

Imperturbable Kudermetova

Naomi Osaka kept her eyes foggy for the rest of the match. She had more trouble playing through than hoping for a very hypothetical victory, given her obvious discomfort on center court. Especially since Kudermetova was able to remain undisturbed despite the circumstances, even when her opponent, carried by a pride we have rarely seen in her in the face of such difficulties, seemed to return to the game.

Osaka eventually lost her serve in the seventh game of the second set and the Russian didn’t miss the opportunity to end it. The latter seemed very shy as he spoke a few words into the microphone and welcomed the Japanese combativeness.

And quite unexpectedly, Naomi Osaka agreed to play the word game for the end. A terribly strenuous exercise that brought new tears to her cheeks, overflowing with emotion.

“I try not to cry. I just have to thank you and congratulations”

In 2001, when Serena defeated Kim Clijsters in the final, her sister Venus and their father Richard were insulted as they took their seats in the stands and during the match. For 14 years, the two champions refused to return to play in this tournament.

“I don’t know why, but it popped into my head and it stuck… I’m trying not to cry. I just have to thank you and congratulate you,’ she concluded, winking at Kudermetova.

In a message posted to Twitter in 2021, Naomi Osaka said she had struggled with depression since the 2018 US Open, which she “had struggled to overcome”.

“Anyone who knows me knows I’m an introvert, and anyone who has ever seen me in a tournament has noticed that I often wear headphones, which help reduce my social anxiety,” she also wrote, after deciding to retire. . Garros tournament in the second round.

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