Naomi Osaka: future multi GS winner

Osaka showed a very strong mind to overcome two really difficult GS finals.
1. Not losing her cool at USO during Serena’s tantrums.
2. Coming back after losing three consecutive championship points in the second set, finally winning in the third.
 

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Watching her against Halep. Only 18 years old, ranked 92 in the world and has a really big game. Great young player. I recommend you guys turning on eurosport, very exciting third set right now.

She made her first GS appearence in the main draw in AO this year where she made the 3rd round. Right now she is fighting for a spot in the 4th round of FO.
Take a bow. That was one helluva prediction! :)
 
I think so, other girl on her box this AO named Kristy Stahr.
Top player nowadays travel with 3 people, Coach, High Performance Coach and Physio.
Why is Petra doesn't have High Performance Coach? Pliskova has one.
Petra is still highly affected from the attack, she has trust issues you have to believe.

Really wanna know what happened to her Japanese physio, maybe she had other things to do like family stuff cause I don't really like this new lady. Wish the Japanese one came back.
 
Petra is still highly affected from the attack, she has trust issues you have to believe.

Really wanna know what happened to her Japanese physio, maybe she had other things to do like family stuff cause I don't really like this new lady. Wish the Japanese one came back.
It's hard for a physio because they have to travel as much as the player without the pay as much as the coach.
 
I feel like Naomi's entourage doesn't suit her, you know what I mean? She seems like someone who would be like Petra and have only a few in her box.
"Suit her?" If that's based on the public face she puts on, its just that--a face. The occupants of her player's box and known friends are not some whispering little group in a corner, no matter how much some want to paint Osaka as being that way.
 
She's like the new Hingis
Ah no, she's overpowering and outdefending opponents. She returned Kvitova's serve (almost same speed as Djokovic) from on or inside the baseline while Nadal... should I say Philippe Chatrier Court? Hingis was a genius tactician with low power. Osaka is showing mental maturity beyond her years but it's mainly what she can do technically and physically that the others can't. Let's see how much of her potential she actualises, but she's more like the next Graf/Serena.
 
I would change the title to future double digit slam winner. I dont usually like making such grand declarations, but I will be genuinely surprised if she doesnt win atleast 10 slams in her career. She already has 2 and she is just getting started.
 

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I would change the title to future double digit slam winner. I dont usually like making such grand declarations, but I will be genuinely surprised if she doesnt win atleast 10 slams in her career. She already has 2 and she is just getting started.
You know, I think Osaka and Serena are destined to play each other again in a slam final at least once more.
 
Anyone think she can get a second slam this year?

If she does, my bet is the USO. I'll be keenly looking to see how, now that she's "in her prime", her game works out on clay and grass. The proof we have right now though = HC Queen. Now that she's #1, how will she react? Is it even more pressure to deal with and does it shackle her, or does it release her and allow her to soar forward?

What do you reckon, NuBas?
 
If she does, my bet is the USO. I'll be keenly looking to see how, now that she's "in her prime", her game works out on clay and grass. The proof we have right now though = HC Queen. Now that she's #1, how will she react? Is it even more pressure to deal with and does it shackle her, or does it release her and allow her to soar forward?

What do you reckon, NuBas?
I don't know she might surprise us at Roland Garros. Yeah perhaps the USO but if she gets at least another one this year, man that's superstar status.
 
Michio Ushioda, a veteran journalist at Japan’s Mainichi newspaper, said in a tweet (link in Japanese) that as the date of Osaka’s choice looms, he believes that it’s likely that she’ll choose to give up her Japanese citizenship for her American one. The disappointment in Japan will be so great, he added, that it could even lead to the downfall of the Japanese government.
what a wacky thing to say

Plus I can't see her choosing American citizenship over Japanese
 
Anyone think she can get a second slam this year?
She jokes at this AO that before her win at USO18, she's stuck at 3R in slams (has made 3R in all 4 slams until USO18 I think). She broke that pattern and won USO18 and AO19 back-to-back. Sure, she will need to learn to move on clay and grass. Sharapova managed it, the self-proclaimed cow-on-ice in regards to clay, and I think Osaka will too. The tour nowadays have such homogenized surfaces that I'd be surprised if she doesn't make at least the QFs of RG/WB by end of next year. Some have even called her the female Djokovic. Look at Djokovic's slam career ;) .

I think Osaka has a very good chance to win another slam this year (USO>>RG>WB). @NuBas , remember you not being confident of her chances winning AO19? I was a bit more confident than you, but also with a bit of hope bc she was somewhat injured at the end of 2018 and didn't win a match at the YEC. She didn't even play her best until SF/F at the AO19 and still won. She could still play better. So if she peaks, she's very hard to beat, just like Djokovic :) .
 
She jokes at this AO that before her win at USO18, she's stuck at 3R in slams (has made 3R in all 4 slams until USO18 I think). She broke that pattern and won USO18 and AO19 back-to-back. Sure, she will need to learn to move on clay and grass. Sharapova managed it, the self-proclaimed cow-on-ice in regards to clay, and I think Osaka will too. The tour nowadays have such homogenized surfaces that I'd be surprised if she doesn't make at least the QFs of RG/WB by end of next year. Some have even called her the female Djokovic. Look at Djokovic's slam career ;) .

I think Osaka has a very good chance to win another slam this year (USO>>RG>WB). @NuBas , remember you not being confident of her chances winning AO19? I was a bit more confident than you, but also with a bit of hope bc she was somewhat injured at the end of 2018 and didn't win a match at the YEC. She didn't even play her best until SF/F at the AO19 and still won. She could still play better. So if she peaks, she's very hard to beat, just like Djokovic :) .
Yeah totally surprised, I only thought she'd make quarterfinals. Funny how she was almost out of tournament being down second set 4-1 or 5-1 to Hsieh just like how Li Na was almost out in early rounds on her AO win.
 
Yeah totally surprised, I only thought she'd make quarterfinals. Funny how she was almost out of tournament being down second set 4-1 or 5-1 to Hsieh just like how Li Na was almost out in early rounds on her AO win.
That's also very Djokerer like. (Djoker/Simon at AO, Fed/Benneteau at WB). ;)
 
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I didn't know about this but it looks very nice. Quite deluxe. A little pricey (for Mexico) at US$450/night for a room (the least expensive) and US$150/day for 3 hours of (group) tennis. So, you're looking at US$600/day for hotel + tennis. In Cartagena you could get the same thing for less than US$200/day... and you're in Cartagena. But, this place does look really nice (looks like two hotels are sharing one set of courts - not that it really matters). Personally, I wouldn't go to Europe specifically to go to Nadal's tennis center... it's a nice place, but it's not *that* nice. It's a great facility for tournaments, though.
 
Watching her against Halep. Only 18 years old, ranked 92 in the world and has a really big game. Great young player. I recommend you guys turning on eurosport, very exciting third set right now.

She made her first GS appearence in the main draw in AO this year where she made the 3rd round. Right now she is fighting for a spot in the 4th round of FO.
Good call.
 
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