Osaka Reflects On Her Tennis Career and “State of The World”

Naomi Osaka says the heartbreaking situations in Haiti and Afghanistan have made her feel grateful for her tennis career.
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(CNN)--Naomi Osaka says the heartbreaking situations in Haiti and Afghanistan have made her feel grateful for her tennis career.

The four-time grand slam champion had taken a break from the game earlier this year in a bid to protect her mental health but told reporters that she now feels grateful for her position.

Following the Haiti earthquake on Saturday, which killed over a thousand people, Osaka posted a picture on Instagram of her wearing a mask with the national flag on it.

She also pledged to donate her earnings from this week's Western & Southern Open to support earthquake relief efforts in the country where her father hails from.

In the press conference following her win against Coco Gauff on Wednesday, she also mentioned the tragic scenes in Afghanistan as people try to flee the new Taliban regime.

"I guess seeing the state of the world, how everything is in Haiti, how everything is in Afghanistan right now is definitely really crazy," she told reporters.

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