The 20-year-old has burst onto the broader scene in current weeks with a formidable eight-match successful streak that included some high-profile scalps.
Her straight-sets success over Williams was the icing on the cake, although, given the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s standing within the recreation.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) March 21, 2018
However who’s Naomi Osaka? We check out the rising star.
—Osaka was born on Oct. 16, 1997, within the metropolis of Osaka on the Japanese island of Honshu.
—Her present rating of No. 22 on this planet is the very best in her fledgling profession.
—Osaka is an aggressive baseliner, with a robust forehand and highly effective serve.
—Osaka’s idol is Serena Williams: “Serena’s my favourite participant. Simply enjoying in opposition to her is type of like a dream for me, so I am very grateful that I used to be in a position to play her and it is even higher that I used to be in a position to win.”
—She made her WTA Tour debut on the 2014 Financial institution of West Traditional at Stanford. Osaka beat Sam Stosur within the first spherical earlier than shedding to Andrea Petkovic.
—In January 2016, Osaka appeared in the primary draw of a Grand Slam for the primary time on the Australian Open. She reached the third spherical earlier than shedding to Victoria Azarenka.
—After one closing, 4 quarterfinals and third-round appearances at three Grand Slams, Osaka was named 2016 WTA Newcomer of the Yr.
—The 2018 Australian Open noticed Osaka attain the fourth spherical of a Grand Slam for the primary time.
—At Indian Wells on Sunday, the teenager claimed her first WTA Tour crown.
—Osaka has overwhelmed 4 present/former WTA quantity ones in her final eight matches — Williams, Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep.
“Typically once I’m in a extremely exhausting place once I’m serving, I am like ‘what would Serena do?…’ however I used to be enjoying her.”
— WTA (@WTA) March 22, 2018