Osaka and Kerber Show Resilience in Comeback Attempts

Osaka and Kerber Show Resilience in Comeback Attempts

Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber, both former world No. 1s and multiple Grand Slam champions, are navigating the early stages of their comebacks after taking time off to have children. Despite their past successes, both players have struggled with consistency and mental fortitude in recent times.

At the recent Indian Wells tournament, Osaka and Kerber faced adversity in their opening matches. Osaka double-faulted three times in a row and lost a break early against Sara Errani, while Kerber blew a 5-3 lead and lost the first set to Jelena Ostapenko.

However, both players showed encouraging signs of resilience and mental toughness. Kerber, known for her tendency to let negativity affect her game, used her frustration to fuel her performance against Ostapenko. She became more aggressive and tactical, fighting fire with fire and ultimately securing the victory.

Osaka, whose belief can fluctuate dramatically, dug deep against Errani. Despite the Italian’s ability to force her into long rallies, Osaka remained focused and earned her points. She has also been inspired by the fighting spirit of fellow tour mom Victoria Azarenka.

Both Osaka and Kerber acknowledge the challenges of regaining their former form. Osaka is a perfectionist who struggles when results don’t come quickly, while Kerber has a history of letting negativity creep into her game. However, they are determined to overcome these obstacles and reach their full potential once again.

Their comebacks are not without their setbacks, but their performances at Indian Wells suggest that they are on the right track. They have the motivation, the talent, and the experience to succeed. As they continue to navigate the ups and downs of their journeys, Osaka and Kerber will undoubtedly face more challenges. But if they can maintain their positive mindset and unwavering determination, they have the potential to achieve great things once again.