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Tennis: Osaka bids farewell to Indian Wells in tears after the insult from the stands

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Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, winner of four Grand Slam titles, bid a tearful farewell to the American tournament in Indian Wells after her loss on Saturday to Russian Veronika Kudermetova.

At the start of the second round of the tournament, Osaka, who had dropped to 78th place in the world rankings, heard an insult in the stands and asked the referee to intervene so that the person could be sent off.

However, despite many fans supporting Osaka’s claim, the person responsible could not be traced.

Osaka was on the verge of tears during the breaks between games and lost the first set 6-0. He tried to react in the second set, but ended up losing this one 6-4.

At the end of the match, in the interview made on the field, Osaka burst into tears, managing all the same to thank the supporters who had supported her during the match and confessed that the insult had destabilized her.

After the last title won in Melbourne, the Japanese had a psychologically difficult year in 2021, admitting to having suffered from depression. She eventually retired from competition at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, ending her season after being knocked out in the third round of the US Open in September.

Osaka returned to competition in January at the WTA tournament in Melbourne, where he reached the semi-finals before retiring with an abdominal injury.

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