Near death experience gives Naomi Osaka a perspective

Brisbane, January 5 (AFP) A near-death experience off the coast of the Turks and Caicos Islands has given the current Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka a new perspective for the 2020 season.

An optimistic Osaka told reporters before the opening of the Brisbane International season that he had tried to have some fun and experience new things during the offseason, which meant his first vacation in history.

It was really fun, my sister was there. He made me row, and then the current took us and I almost died, said a smiling Osaka.

Osaka said she and her sister had been in shallow water, but noticed that a current had taken them away from the shore.

I'm like, how far are you trying to take us, because it's black, like, the water is black now, and the house is like a small point, and I really can't swim so well, he said. .

I feel that I am experiencing so many things in my life and everything is very fun and I am trying to take everything in ... perspective that these are things that I never thought I could do.

Osaka, 22, broke into the scene in 2018 when he beat Serena Williams to win the US Open, then continued to win the 2019 Australian Open.

The Japanese star reached number one in the world rankings in 2019 and finished the year at number three, behind Australia's Ash Barty and Czech Karolina Pliskova.

She said a shoulder pain meant she hadn't spent as much time on the court out of season as in previous years.

I didn't play most of November, which was the first time for me, he said.

I have never taken so much rest before. But I think it was really necessary because my shoulder was somewhat worn.

But after that, I just did rehabilitation and slowly started playing again and I think that worked very well because I don't feel anything on my shoulder, and I like to think that I am playing well now. Osaka opens its international Brisbane campaign against world number 23 Maria Sakkari of Greece. (AFP) APA APA

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