The Japanese cemented her star standing with a second straight grand slam title on the Australian Open in January having clinched her maiden main on the 2018 US Open.
However she struggled with the eye that got here with being world No.1 and got here up quick within the 12 months’s different three grand slams.
“Earlier than I might have had a bit little bit of self-doubt, which I nonetheless do, however this time, not as a lot.”
Dealing with the stress
Osaka’s Australian Open triumph on prime of her victory over Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows made her the most popular property in tennis, however her flame flickered as she misplaced within the third spherical of the French Open, within the first spherical of Wimbledon and within the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Nonetheless, she insists her mid-season stoop solely strengthened her resolve to struggle her approach again.
“I truly had this dip after I turned No. 1 as a result of I could not actually deal with it an excessive amount of,” stated Osaka, who parted firm with coach Sascha Bajin, shortly after successful the Australian Open
“I received the 2 grand slams, had the dip after which all of the sudden everybody counted me out of it a bit bit.
“After which I used to be pondering to myself I did not wish to be the individual that fades away. And no matter occurs, I wish to go away some kind of legacy.”
Giving it 100 p.c
Having had a while to replicate on her poor run of outcomes, Osaka says she has discovered renewed enjoyment from tennis.
“Take pleasure in what you are doing, it doesn’t matter what it’s,” added the 22-year-old.
“After I misplaced within the US Open this 12 months sooner than I needed to, I simply meditated on it and I assumed, ‘There is not something I might quite be doing than enjoying tennis.’ So I’ve to present it 100 p.c the entire time and now I am right here, so clearly it labored out.”
The WTA Finals options the highest eight gamers competing in round-robin format earlier than a knockout stage for a share of a file $14 million purse and a primary prize for the undefeated champion of $four.725 million.