Naomi Osaka reaches first tennis final since 2021

Written by on April 1, 2022

(CNN)Naomi Osaka reached the Miami Open final after beating Belinda Bencic in a comeback win on Thursday.

The four-time grand slam champion will now play incoming world No. 1 Iga Swiatek for the title in what will be Osaka’s first final since the Australian Open last year.

Osaka, who has struggled for form since her break from the sport, recovered from a set down to beat her Swiss opponent 4-6 6-3 6-4 in an entertaining semifinal.

Osaka has since confirmed she started seeing a therapist to deal with her mental health after revealing she suffered bouts of depression last year.

But it seems Osaka is now finding her best tennis again and has a chance to win another title against an unfamiliar opponent.

The final will be held on Saturday and Osaka is looking forward to getting back on the court.

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