Naomi Osaka is back at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the first time since 2019 and she's loving the positive energy and overall atmosphere at the WTA 1000 event. On Wednesday, the 2018 BNP Paribas Open champion opened up about how she's feeling before kicking off her first tournament since the Australian Open, her mindset and finding peace on the court.
"I don't really live in the past anymore, I feel like that's kind of tough for me because I'm a perfectionist," Osaka said during her presser. "So there's always that doubt in my head, will I ever to play like this or this?
"But the players that I'm playing against are changing and I feel like everyone's improving, and I can't necessarily say that I digressed as a player. I think there's things I've gotten much better at. I think life is a constant evolution."
Not only is her mindset evolving, but she's also noticed a major change with Indian Wells fans in 2022 and it's been a special experience thus far. A weight has been lifted and expectations have been traded with just having a good time and enjoying the process. It's a stark contrast from last year's US Open.