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Why Naomi Osaka Is Dying In Silence

The former World Tennis Association (WTA) number one, Naomi Osaka has decided to open up instead of allowing her compulsive shyness and occasional depression to wrestle her career height from her.

“I think people know me as being really shy,” she told CNN Sport from her home in Los Angeles.

“I want to also take the quarantine time to just think about everything, and for me, I have a lot of regrets before I go to sleep.

“And most of the regrets is due to (the fact) that I don’t speak out about what I’m thinking.”

Osaka who confessed her struggle with success and depression after becoming World number one and after winning Australia Open, said she would feel more comfortable if she spoke up and took more control of what was happening around her.

“There’s a lot of times where I see myself in situations where I could have put my input in, but instead I’ve held my tongue and things kept moving in a way that I didn’t really enjoy,” she said. “I feel like if I asserted myself, I would have gotten chance to see what would have happened.” 

The 22-year-old Japanese, who stormed to prominence by winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open, said she believed her shyness was holding her back.