“Does he want to play nine sets?” Naomi Osaka dismisses “funny guy” Stefanos Tsitsipas’ suggestion that women should also play best-of-5s at Grand Slams

Naomi Osaka and Stefanos Tsitsipas
Naomi Osaka and Stefanos Tsitsipas

4-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka She finally looks like the Naomi everyone knows as she makes it to the quarterfinals 2022 Miami Open. The Japan international, who slipped to 77th in the world rankings due to a long absence and poor results last season, seems to have settled her business over the course of the season.

have defeated Alison Riske in the 4th round to advance to the last 8 without a single set, Osaka was also asked by the reporters how she takes Osaka’s recent proposal Stefanos Tsitsipas where the Greek suggested that since female players are paid the same and have the same stamina as males, they should also play best-of-5 sets at Grand Slams.

While Stef said upfront that he didn’t want to cause controversy with his comments, he has nonetheless started a conversation about whether Grand Slams should also do women’s best-of-5s. Though the proposal has met with more criticism than support, even Naomi wasn’t in favor of making such a massive change to the format of the Majors.

“Does he want to play nine movements? If he tries to lengthen mine, I’ll lengthen his (smiling). Wait. Was he asked this question or did he just address it? This guy is so funny man (smiles). I do not know. I feel like that would change the structure of tennis. Like people are starting to do things differently in the gym and stuff like that. It’s also probably going to take a very long time to be implemented, but you’re also like a man talking about a women’s sport, so I don’t think his idea will get through. said Naomi in her press conference.

2 of Naomi Osaka’s 4 big wins came in 3 sets

Naomi Osaka with her 2021 Australian Open trophy
Naomi Osaka with her 2021 Australian Open trophy

So far, Naomi has won 4 Majors, two at the US Open (2018, 2020) and two at the Australian Open (2019, 2021). Of these, two of their victories were direct set wins in the final, while the other two went into the decisive 3rd set.

In the US Open 2018slapped Naomi Serena Williams in straight sets to capture her first Grand Slam title of her shot-to-fame season but had to overcome herself Petra Kvitova in 3 sentences in the Australian Open 2019 Final a few months later. The pattern reversed for her next two majors when she won that 2020 US Open defeat Viktoria Azarenka in 3 sentences before overcoming Jennifer Brady in straight sets in the Australian Open 2021 to win their 4th and so far last Major making it to a 100% win rate in the Grand Slam final.

Also read: “Women have the same prize money, so maybe they can also play best of 5 sets” Stefanos Tsitsipas believes that Grand Slams need a change in format

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