“A little rusty, but it’s nice to be back,” commented the film, a 24-year-old star who dropped out in the third round of the US Open in early September with later finalist Leylah Fernandez. Then she said she planned to take a longer break from tennis.
Osaka has struggled with a decline in form since Roland Garros in May, from which she resigned after the uproar she caused by her decision not to speak to the media. The former world number one said that hard matches took their toll on her.
“Thank you very much for all the nice messages, I appreciate it very much,” added the 13th player of the rankings, who lit a fire at the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo at the opening ceremony. In the 3rd round, the native of Osaka with the later silver medalist Markéta Vondroušová dropped out.