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    Tennis star Naomi Osaka announced her pregnancy shortly after withdrawing from the 2023 Australian Open.

    Osaka, 25, shared a photo of an ultrasound scan on her social media accounts on Wednesday along with screenshots of “life update” notes in Japanese and English.  

    “The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that it’s the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun,” Osaka wrote. 

    “I realize that life is so short and I don’t take any moments for granted, everyday is a new blessing and adventure. 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’ haha.”

    Australian Open officials announced the four-time Grand Slam winner’s withdrawal from this year’s tournament on Sunday. 

    However, Osaka told her fans that she hopes to return to tennis in the 2024 Australian Open as this year will be one “full of lessons.”

    The tennis star has reportedly been dating American rapper Cordae since 2019.

    Osaka is a two-time Australian Open champion and a former world No. 1 player. She has not played a competitive match since September 2022 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The 25-year-old has suffered several bouts of injuries and illnesses since 2021.

    “I don’t think there’s a perfectly correct path to take in life, but I always felt that if you move forward with good intentions, you’ll find your way eventually,” Osaka said in her statement on Wednesday.

    The Australian Open will begin on Jan. 16. 

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