Former world number one, Naomi Osaka, has admitted that the last few months have been the worst of her life.
The world number two said she has not had fun on the tennis court since winning the Australian Open in January this year.
The Japanese’s triumph in Melbourne was her second successive grand slam, following her victory at last year’s US Open; the victories which propelled her to the top of the WTA ranking.
She has since then failed to win any tournament and lost her top rank position to Australia’s Ashley Barty.
The tennis star posted a message to her fans on social media on Thursday, explaining her recent dip in form.
“Whenever things go wrong, I blame myself 100 per cent. I have a tendency to shut down, because I don’t want to burden anyone with my thoughts or problems,” Osaka wrote.
“Unexpectedly, (through) the worst months of my life (I) have also had some of the best moments cause I’ve met new people.”
“That being said, I can honestly reflect and say I probably haven’t had fun playing tennis since Australia and I’m finally coming to terms with that while relearning that fun feeling,” she added.
“I’ve learned a lot about myself and I feel like I grew so much as a person this past year(s) so I’m really excited what the future looks like on and off the court.”
“See you in the U.S. swing.”
Osaka will be looking to regain her form ahead of the US Open later this month, starting with competing at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, next week.