The Japanese Star improved her Grand Slam record to 4-0 by defeating Jennifer Brady by 6-4 6-3 to win her second Australian Open title.
In doing so she became the first woman since Monica Seles (30 years ago) to win her first four grand slam finals, a feat that not even greats like Serena and Venus Williams, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova achieved.
Hence, many are calling Naomi Osaka, the new face of women’s tennis.
The 23-year-old knocked Serena out of the Australian Open in the semi-finals, a match that some believe will be the American champion’s last at Melbourne Park.
But Osaka answered fiercely when asked about trouncing Serena in her post-match press conference.
“A few weeks ago you said as long as she was playing Serena was the face of tennis. Do you think that this win and maybe even the win on Friday has begun to shift that at all?” a reporter asked.
Osaka responded: “No. Not at all.”
Naomi Osaka, taking her victory peacefully
Osaka declared she will not to be weighed down by “pressure and expectation” after her latest Grand Slam win, as
After her victory on Saturday night, tennis great Mats Wilander said Osaka can win 10 grand slams “minimum“sparked talk of her becoming a double-digit major winner..
“I’m taking it in sections. For right now, I’m trying to go for five,” Osaka said when asked about Wilander’s comment.
“After five I would think about maybe dividing the 10, so maybe seven or eight.”
Osaka’s tranquil nature is visible to all, as she mentioned to live in the moment and not planning to rush for the Grand Slams. She even thanked Wilander for making such huge statement. But on the other hand, Osaka dont want to weigh herself down with pressure and expectations.
“I don’t like to take things big-picture. For me, I like to live in the moment.
“It’s an honour that he said that. But I don’t want to weigh myself down with pressure and expectations.”
Its purely a sign of a great Sportsman to take things slow and not get satisfiedwith a victory. A sportsmen must always work hard to prove himself.