US Open: Naomi Osaka takes break from tennis till further notice after shock defeat


Naomi Osaka has announced that she is taking an indefinite break from tennis, after her US Open defence ended in a shock defeat.

She suffered a stunning loss to Leylah Fernandez 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka served for the match in the second set, but allowed the 18-year-old storm to an impressive win.

Earlier this year, she had withdrawn from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health issues.

The 23-year-old has now admitted she will not play again for a “while”.

“Basically I feel like I’m at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. Sorry.

“I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.

“I feel like for me recently when I win, I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal,” Osaka told a press conference.