Naomi Osaka, the Champion of recently concluded Australian Open is “pretty strong right now” according to Iga Swiatek, a fellow tennis star. The Japanese has won his fourth Grand Slam of his career by beating 22nd seed Jennifer Brady by 6-4, 6-3 margin in the finals at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne.
Way of a champion 🙏
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 23, 2021
Iga: “I’m really happy that Naomi won”
Osaka earlier beat Serena Williams to deny her 24th Grand Slam in the semi finals. Naomi Osaka was one of the favourites to win the Melbourne Park event nevertheless. Ever since Naomi won the Australian Open, greetings and congratulatory messages have been pouring in.
Iga was not far behind with her praises for the Japanese. The 19 years old crashed out of the Melbourne Park event after suffering defeat in the hands of Simona Halep on fourth round. The Polish star thinks Naomi Osaka has grown stronger after winning the much anticipated and coveted Australian Open. Iga, the defending French Open Champion has told, “I hate watching tennis when I’m rooting for someone. Why are my muscles tensing up like I’m about to hit the ball? More importantly, why are my palms so sweaty? I also watched finals and, yeah, I’m really happy that Naomi won. I feel like she’s pretty strong right now and that’s her place to be. So it’s great”
Naomi and her golden days
Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open triumph over the weekend extended her unbeaten record in Grand Slam finals to 4-0. The Australian Open Champion was delighted to learn about her unique achievement. When asked about it, she conveyed, “My reaction is that that’s very amazing company. I hope that I can have one grain of how their career has unfolded. You can only wish and you can only just keep going down your own path. But it’s definitely something crazy to hear.”
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) February 20, 2021
This record put the 23-year-old in elite company with the likes of Roger Federer and Monica Seles to become the only players in the Open Era to win their first four Grand Slam finals. With the final win this year, Osaka has reached to an unprecedented 21 match winning streak. This win has given the Japanese a much needed boost and lifted her to number two on world ranking just behind Ashleigh Barty.