'I'm About To Cry': Naomi Osaka's Devastating First Round Loss At Wimbledon
Shattered second seed Naomi Osaka staged a dramatic walk-out from her post-match press conference after suffering a shock first-round exit at Wimbledon.
Osaka's last match before arriving at the All England Club was a straight-sets loss to Yulia Putintseva at the Birmingham and it was deja vu as the Kazakh again sent her packing in a 7-6 (4) 6-2 boilover.
It was clear how disappointed second seed Osaka was by the loss as she spoke barely louder than a whisper when trying explain her performance and gave very brief answers.
The 21-year-old has not reached the final of any tournament since winning her second successive grand-slam title at the Australian Open in January and climbing to world No.1.
Handling the extra attention and pressure has been a big challenge and, asked how she has picked herself up in the past, Osaka said: "The key for me was just having fun, I guess, kind of taking pressure off myself. I hope I can somehow find a way to do that."
After contemplating answering the next question about how difficult it has been to adjust to her new level of fame, Osaka turned to the moderator and said: "Can I leave? I feel like I'm about to cry," before walking out.
Putintseva now holds a 3-0 record against Osaka, and she said: "I think I was able to keep my concentration up high all these three matches.
"I feel like whenever I am going down with Naomi in bad concentration, she's straight doing so many winners. I was trying to make it as more uncomfortable for her as possible.
"It was a very tough match, especially mentally, because she's always pressing, pressing, pressing. You have to stay cool.
"Sometimes when she does an unbelievable winner, you have to accept it. To play on this amazing court, it's a great experience. I really loved it out there."