Naomi Osaka mysteriously pulled out of the 2023 Australian Open a few days ago, and she announced her pregnancy today.
Osaka hasn't been seen near a court in a long time, and many wondered if she'd retire from the sport. When she withdrew from the Australian Open, talks only became stronger. On top of that, a prominent tennis reporter recently revealed that she may take a break from tennis for a while.
She played her last match on the home soil at the 2022 Japan Open in Tokyo, when she advanced after her opponent, Daria Saville, retired after one game. After that, the Japanese player withdrew from her second match against Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Other than that, Osaka was on a four-match losing streak, also losing six of the last seven matches that she played in 2022. However, now, the former world no. 1 on the WTA Tour will miss some time on the court, as she announced her pregnancy in a touching social media post.
"The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that its the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun. These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I've dedicated my life to."
"I realize that life is so short and I don't take any moments for granted, everyday is a new blessing and adventure. I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, one thing I'm looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, "that's my mom", haha."
In her announcement, Osaka also hinted that she wants to come back at the 2024 Australian Open, as she looks forward to all the lessons that life is going to present her with in 2024.
"2023 will be a year that'll be full of lessons for me and I hope I'll see you guys in the start of the next one cause I'll be at Aus 2024. Love you all infinitely. Sidenote: I don't think there's a perfectly correct path to take in life but I always felt that if you move forward with good intentions you'll find your way eventually."