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Watch Venus Williams’ Mic Drop After Naomi Osaka’s Decision

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Tennis champion Naomi Osaka has been receiving broad assist after withdrawing from the French Open on Monday (Could 31) for her psychological well being. Nonetheless, the very best response has been from Venus Williams.

“For me personally how I take care of it was that I do know each single particular person asking me a query can’t play in addition to I can and by no means will,” Williams mentioned after her first-round loss to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova. “So it doesn’t matter what you say or what you write, you’ll by no means mild a candle to me.

“That’s how I take care of it. However every particular person offers with it otherwise,” she added.

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Previous to the extremely anticipated French Open, Osaka introduced that she wouldn’t take part in press interviews to protect her psychological well being. She was fined $15,000 on Sunday (Could 30) for not assembly the media interview necessities; the athlete additionally picked up her first win earlier within the day.  

She posted a message on Instagram which defined to her 2.3 million followers her determination to withdraw from the French Open.  

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“The very best factor for the match, the opposite gamers and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everybody can get again to specializing in the tennis happening in Paris,” she wrote within the IG post. “I by no means needed to be a distraction and I settle for that my timing was not best and my message may have been clearer. Extra importantly, I might by no means trivialize psychological well being or use the time period frivolously.” 

Serena Williams additionally got here to her protection on Could 31 throughout a post-match information convention, saying, “I really feel for Naomi. Not everybody is similar. I am thick. Different individuals are skinny. Everyone seems to be completely different and everybody handles issues otherwise. You simply should let her deal with it the best way she desires to and one of the simplest ways she thinks she will.”

Osaka is presently the world’s No. 2 ranked ladies’s singles tennis participant. She gained within the first spherical of the French Open, defeating Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig.

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