Osaka announced some time ago that she's carrying her first child with boyfriend Cordae striking a somewhat surprised tone. It didn't come at a bad time for her because she was largely away from tennis anyways and this gives her a lot of time to properly reset and return to the sport.
I'm definitely going to perform well and be a better player than I have been last year. For me, my results just made me want to try harder and be the best that I can be. I’ll be competing in Australia next year.
Osaka confirmed her plans during an interview with Japanese TV as she recently was back in the country after a while. The player further revealed that the baby is due in the summer which would give her about six months to get ready for the new season.
The baby is due in June or July, so I have August, September, October, November and December. I have almost six months.
On her general career plans, Osaka highlighted the desire to win the gold medal for Japan, possibly even in Paris next year. Those Olympics are played on clay, a surface that she doesn't generally perform well on.
I want to try to win the Olympics next year. It makes me very excited to return to the sport....It's something that's going to make me very happy.
She also responded to a question on how many grand slams she would like to win explaining that she wants to double the current tally of four grand slams won. Eight is a number that has a good ring to it.