Naomi Osaka is driving the crest of a wave on the WTA Tour after her Indian Wells Masters triumph and victory over childhood idol Serena Williams Wednesday night time in Miami.
The 20-yr-previous has burst onto the broader scene in current weeks with a powerful eight-match profitable streak that included some excessive-profile scalps.
Her straight-units 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 is Naomi Osaka? We check out the rising star.
—Osaka was born on Oct. sixteen, 1997, within the metropolis of Osaka on the Japanese island of Honshu.
—Her present rating of No. 22 on the 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 towards her is type of like a dream for me, so I am very grateful that I used to be capable of play her and it is even higher that I used to be capable of win.”
—She made her WTA Tour debut on the 2014 Financial institution of West Basic at Stanford. Osaka beat Sam Stosur within the first spherical earlier than dropping 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 dropping to Victoria Azarenka.
—After one remaining, 4 quarterfinals and third-spherical 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 crushed 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 very onerous place once I’m serving, I am like ‘what would Serena do?…’ however I used to be enjoying her.”
The all the time-candid @Naomi_Osaka_ talks about dealing with (and beating) her idol at @MiamiOpen! pic.twitter.com/TeRQ71tN5p
— WTA (@WTA) March 22, 2018