"Refreshed and happy": Tennis star Naomi Osaka wins her debut Olympics match

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Naomi Osaka's Tokyo Olympic Games are off to a winning start, after Japan's tennis superstar beat China's Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in the first round Sunday.

Why it matters: It's the women's world No. 2's first match back after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon Grand Slam tournaments for a mental health break — triggering global conversations about mental health in sports.

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  • It's also Osaka's first Olympics.

What she's saying: "The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I feel like the break that I took was very needed," Osaka told reporters after her win.

  • "I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and I’m happy again."

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