Naomi Osaka hits the comeback trail one month after giving birth to baby girl, as the two-time US Open winner misses this week’s Grand Slam

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Naomi Osaka hit the comeback trail this week as she plots a return to the court a month after the birth of her baby girl. 

Two-time US Open champion Osaka skipped an appearance at Flushing Meadows this year after welcoming her daughter Shai with her rapper boyfriend Cordae in July. 

However, the 25-year-old is already back in training mode as she shared a series of photos and videos of her working out to her 2.7 million Instagram followers Monday – the first day of the Grand Slam. 

The new mom posted a photo of herself standing on an athletics track beaming from ear to ear as she held a peace sign up to the camera. 

Next, she got down to business in a video showing her pulling a fitness sled with her trainer on top, who asked her, ‘Why are you going so slow?’ 

Tennis star Naomi Osaka hit the comeback trail this week as she plots a return to the court

Tennis star Naomi Osaka hit the comeback trail this week as she plots a return to the court

The 25-year-old shared a series of photos and videos of her working out after giving birth

The 25-year-old shared a series of photos and videos of her working out after giving birth 

The four-time Grand Slam winner was working hard a month after welcoming her baby girl

The four-time Grand Slam winner was working hard a month after welcoming her baby girl 

The workout session continued with a clip of the four-time Grand Slam winner running down the street in a friendly race with her workout partner. 

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The post was rounded off with a mirror-selfie of Osaka, dressed in all-black workout gear, leaning against a treadmill.

Osaka announced she was pregnant in January and in June said she was expecting a girl.

At the start of the year, Osaka said she would be back for the Australian Open in 2024 while announcing that she was pregnant. 

She has been in a relationship with Grammy-nominated American rapper Cordae since 2019.

Osaka is a four-time major winner, winning twice in Australia and twice at the US Open in New York. 

Upon announcing her pregnancy, she said in a social media post with a picture of a baby scan: ‘Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023.

‘The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that its the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun.

She has been in a relationship with rapper Cordae since 2019. The couple pictured in 2020

She has been in a relationship with rapper Cordae since 2019. The couple pictured in 2020

She had announced that she was expecting a baby girl with the rap star in June

She had announced that she was expecting a baby girl with the rap star in June 

‘These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to. I realise that life is so short and I don’t take any moment for granted, everyday is a new blessing and adventure.

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‘I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, one thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom,’. 

In July, Osaka shared five pictures with the first photo showing her daughter in a tennis-themed outfit with her face hidden.

Her child was wearing a white all-in-one with embroidered green and pink tennis rackets and tennis balls. 

She also shared a snap of her baby bump, of herself in the hospital bed as well as a picture from her celebrations back home – complete with pink balloons and rose petals.

Osaka has previously spoken openly of her struggles to handle the expectation around her in tennis.

After a shock defeat at the US Open to Leylah Fernandez in 2021, she tearfully said: ‘I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match.

‘I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while. I feel like when I win I don’t feel happy, I feel relief. And when I lose I feel very sad. And I don’t think that’s normal.’

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It came months after withdrawing from the French Open that year, revealing that she has previously struggled with depression after her refusal to give post-match interviews had been criticized.

Osaka uploaded her first social media post since giving birth to baby girl, Shai, last month

Osaka uploaded her first social media post since giving birth to baby girl, Shai, last month 

Osaka shared five pictures in July after giving birth, including photo of her in the hospital

Osaka shared five pictures in July after giving birth, including photo of her in the hospital

‘I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly,’ she said.

‘Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.

‘Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize especially to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media. 

‘I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can.’

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