‘I’m not God, can’t win every match’: Naomi Osaka proud despite early exit

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Japan's Naomi Osaka waves as she walks off the court after losing to Amanda Anisimova of the US (L) in their women's singles match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2022.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka waves as she walks off the court after losing to Amanda Anisimova of the US (L) in their women’s singles match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2022.

MELBOURNE— Naomi Osaka was at peace with herself after yet another failed attempt at defending a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and the former world number one was especially proud of the way she has managed to mould her mindset to deal with tough losses.

The former world number one crashed out from Melbourne Park after a third round loss in the deciding set tiebreaker to American Amanda Anisimova — the same stage the four-times major winner exited the U.S. Open four months back.

Following the Flushing Meadows defeat, a tearful Osaka told a news conference that she was taking a break from the sport, raising more concern about her mental health…

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