Naomi Osaka on the ‘best thing’ she hopes to achieve in her career

After the first set closed in the Australian Open final, Naomi Osaka cruises on the sea come her second Aussie Open title and her fourth Grand Slam overall win, beating Jennifer Brady, 6-4, 6-3, on Saturday.

Third in the world, Osaka currently leads 4-0 in major finals and becomes the first woman to win her first four Grand Slam finals since Monica Seles 30 years ago. Associated Press notes.

At just 23 years old, it seems Osaka is the future of tennis. And while she’s still early on in her career, it’s impossible not to imagine where she could end up in the history books and what she might be setting records for.

The same goes for how she can continue to impact the sport.

After Osaka’s win over world No. 24 Brady, she was asked in her post-match press conference what’s the biggest thing she hopes to achieve on or off the court that she hasn’t done yet. Her answer was something she herself was familiar with.

Osaka said:

“I feel like the biggest thing I want to achieve is – this sounds very odd – to hope that I play long enough to play a girl who says I used to be her favorite player. what.

“For me, I think it’s the best thing that could happen to me. I think I get those feelings when I watch my favorite players. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to play Li Na, but yeah, I just think that’s how the sport is going. ”

While Osaka was frustrated, she never got to play against Li – the two-time Grand Slam champion, including at the Australian Open, who retired in 2014 – she played a number of matches against her. “Idol,” Serena Williams. Most recently, Osaka topped Williams in Wednesday’s Aussie Open semi-final and had to beat her in US Open Finals 2018 on her way to her first Grand Slam title.

Before that 2018 final, Osaka said she should see Williams as just another rival, not her idol. But when she was asked if she texted Serena during the match, Osaka said while smiling: “I love you.”

Between the fact that young Osaka is now one of the best in the world and how long some players’ careers last, tennis fans certainly hope one day Osaka will have a chance to go head-to-head. with her former idol rival. Naomi Osaka on the ‘best thing’ she hopes to achieve in her career

Charles Jones

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