Taking the hype in her toddle, Naomi Osaka is refusing to station a quantity on what number of massive slam crowns she may well presumably win after emphatically confirming her status as the brand new dominant drive in girls folk’s tennis.
Osaka is being hailed as a double-digit significant winner in waiting after hovering into rarefied air with her latest Australian Start triumph at Melbourne Park.
The Eastern basic person is the first lady since Monica Seles 30 years ago to win her first four big slam finals and, alongside with the great Roger Federer, fully the third player within the Start generation to plot the feat.
“That’s very unprecedented company,” Osaka stated.
“I hope that I can have, love, one grain of how their career has unfolded.”
Serena and Venus Williams are the fully filled with life girls folk’s players with extra slams than Osaka and three-time Start champion Mats Wilander is satisfied the 23-300 and sixty five days-aged phenom will rack up “10, 11, 12 – minimal” prior to she calls it quits.
“She’s the fully hardcourt player now we have had within the ladies folk’s game since Serena changed into as soon as at her fully,” Wilander stated after Osaka clubbed American Jennifer Brady 6-4 6-3 in Saturday evening’s one-sided final.
After adding a 2d Start title to her 2018 and 2020 US Start crowns, Osaka holds two of the game’s four greatest trophies and may well presumably conceivably accurate a non-calendar-300 and sixty five days big slam if she wins the French Start in June and Wimbledon in July.
However she’s fully taking into account of big slam No.5 first.
“I genuinely deem I may well perhaps have better honest appropriate fortune on clay attributable to I deem ultimate 300 and sixty five days I did no longer play dreadful at all,” Osaka stated.
“It be neutral something that I have to get extra customary to.
“Positively there may well be no explanation why I shouldn’t conclude smartly in those tournaments.”
Unbeaten in extra than a 300 and sixty five days, Osaka printed how the distress of her stinging ultimate-up 6-0 6-3 loss to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Torbo within the Fed Cup ultimate February and 2020 Start third-round defeat to Coco Gauff had pushed her inspired 21-match winning accelerate for the reason that tour’s return from the pandemic-enforced suspension in August.
“I conclude be mindful what it feels love to lose a match, very vividly,” she stated.
“I be mindful it here, and I be mindful how I changed into as soon as feeling and what my mindset changed into as soon as.
“Actually, it detached makes me unhappy to at the 2d so, yeah, it’s moderately a lingering memory.”
Osaka, though, doesn’t effect a query to her undefeated accelerate to ultimate without ruin and is focusing on “consistency” in 2021 rather than making an attempt to search out Ash Barty’s top ranking.
“I plot now no longer effect a query to to win all my matches this 300 and sixty five days,” the area No.2 stated.
“Actually, somebody may well give me a medal if I win all my matches this 300 and sixty five days, however I plot now no longer deem it’s likely.
“Tennis players, we struggle via u.s.and downs. I fully hope that my u.s.and downs are much less drastic this 300 and sixty five days.
“I plot now no longer in actuality deem the ranking at all. This can scheme if I play smartly and that’s what I narrate myself.
“I neutral desire to conclude smartly within the total tournaments that I play.
“That’s my aim to be constant this 300 and sixty five days, now no longer to have a colossal tumble-off randomly within the guts fragment love June, July how I on the total conclude.”
Ominously for Osaka’s rivals, Federer won his fourth slam from as many finals aged 23 years, one month and 4 days aged.
Osaka won hers at 23 years, four months and 4 days.