Serena Williams feels for Naomi Osaka and would like to comfort her with a hug : Serena Williams gives her response to Naomi Osaka’s exit from the French Open, saying: “I feel like I want to give her a hug since I know what it’s like”; the world No 2 pulled out due to the uproar triggered by her boycott of media duties and her battles with depression.
Serena Williams only found out about Naomi Osaka’s exit after winning her 1st-round match at Roland Garros, but wishes she could embrace her.
The 39-year-old Serena made a triumphant start to her French Open campaign defeating Irina-Camelia Begu in straight-sets, before discovering about Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal en route to her press conference.
Osaka had declined to take part in pressers or interviews and the 23-year-old was pressured with expulsion warnings and a ban from future tournaments if she did not review her decision.
The world No 2 pulled out prior to opening up about her battles with depression dating back to her first Slam title in 2018 when talking to the media sparked anxiety.
Serena Williams said that she can feel what Naomi is going through as she has been in the same head space before. She also added that they are both different personalities with different anxiety thresholds.
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