Justine Henin, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, just lately mentioned that girls’s tennis has a ‘new boss’ in Osaka
IMAGE: Naomi Osaka poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy after profitable the 2021 Australian Open. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images
Having already stamped her authority on hardcourts by profitable each the Australian and US Opens a number of instances, Japan’s Naomi Osaka feels she is now higher geared up to succeed on different surfaces.
The 23-year-old outplayed American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday’s Australian Open last on the Rod Laver Arena to hitch Roger Federer and Monica Seles as gamers to win all 4 of their first Grand Slam finals.
Osaka received back-to-back majors on the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open in 2019 and picked up her third at Flushing Meadows final 12 months however she has by no means made it past the third spherical at Roland Garros or Wimbledon.
Asked if she was now extra assured of success on clay and grass, Osaka mentioned: “Yes, I think so.”
“I have more of an understanding of what I’m supposed to do.”
“Before I would just head into a match sort of unaware of guess different patterns and things like that. But now I talk to (coach) Wim (Fissette) a bit more on strategy.”
IMAGE: Naomi Osaka kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images
Carrying her hardcourt success to the French Open and the Wimbledon was the ‘largest aim’ going ahead for Osaka.
“I think everyone knows I can do well on hard court,” she mentioned after posing for footage with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne’s Government House.
“For me, I just really want to get comfortable on the other surfaces.”
Justine Henin, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, just lately mentioned that girls’s tennis has a ‘new boss’ in Osaka.
“I feel like it’s an honour that I’m in that conversation,” mentioned Osaka.
“I also feel like for me, my biggest goal is to be consistent throughout the year, not just randomly popping up and winning a Grand Slam.”
“Hopefully I’m able to be more stable this year and feel more worthy of potentially having that title.”