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Naomi Osaka exits press conference early after upset loss at Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka has not gotten used to losing much lately and had a difficult time handling the media after her upset loss at Wimbledon on Monday.

Osaka, the two seed on the women’s side, lost to Yulia Putintseva in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 in the first round at the All England Club. The first-round defeat marked her earliest grand slam loss since the 2017 French Open and comes after she recently won the US Open and Australian Open for her first two career majors.

Though Osaka answered questions in her post-match press conference, she was visibly uncomfortable and asked to end the session early because she said she felt like she was about to cry.

Since winning the Australian Open in January, Osaka has gone 13-7, with six of the losses coming to players outside the top 20. She’s also dealt with abdominal and hand injuries. Putintseva might very well be a bad matchup for Osaka, as she also lost to her in the second round at Birmingham in straight sets.


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