Naomi Osaka won her first tour title at Indian Wells earlier this month. But after falling in her second match at Miami, and in her third match here in Charleston, the emotions spilled over.— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) April 5, 2018
This loss hurt.
Osaka on the mental and emotional challenges today:#WTA #VolvoCarOpen pic.twitter.com/mSUAZynuLl
Naomi Osaka, who completed a stunning run to the Indian Wells title last month, revealed that she was struggling mentally following her third-round loss in Charleston.
“Yesterday I woke up and I was really depressed, but I don’t know why,” the Japanese 20-year-old said in a candid press conference.
“Like, I’m so sad right now.”
Osaka discussed her feelings in more detail in a report in the Post & Courier, a Charleston newspaper.
After winning at Indian Wells, she reached the second round in Miami and won two matches in Charleston before falling to Julia Goerges in straight sets on Thursday.