New mum Osaka’s love for tennis rekindled as she makes comeback

Brisbane: Japan’s Naomi Osaka admitted Saturday she almost gave up tennis but had rekindled her love of the sport after becoming a mother earlier this year as she prepares for a return in Brisbane.
Osaka, 26, stepped away from the game in September 2022, citing mental health concerns following her withdrawal from the second round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
In her time away, she gave birth to daughter Shai, and did not watch any tennis until last year’s Wimbledon.
Although excited to be back, she conceded that retiring permanently had crossed her mind.

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