Naomi Osaka is ready to be known as ‘more than just someone who plays tennis’

Naomi Osaka quickly became known worldwide when she defeated Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open Women's Single final, winning her first Grand Slam at just 20 years old and being the first Japanese player to do so. But in the years since the life-changing victory, Osaka has re-defined her path as an athlete, most recently speaking out about mental health and her efforts to prioritize her own. "We live in a world where people are so quick to speak and to comment," the 23-year-old told Women's Health for the September 2021 cover. "Silence is almost uncomfortable."

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