Will Naomi Osaka become the next dominant #1?

There's been a lacuna at the top of the women's game for a while, but can she fill it? Today, she looked better than Williams in every aspect other than the serve. And her serve was decent. Not that much worse than Williams at the same age, but Williams's serve improved a lot over time. Osaka had hard penetrating groundstrokes, good angles, solid movement, a nice return, and a cool head. Will this be the first of many for her?
 

insideguy

Legend
OMG this is the WTA I would never declare anything. I love the girl but she could literally win nothing for 18 months. We all know this. We do.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
She was brilliant in Indian Wells and the US Open but went O'Sucka inbetween. Needs to work on her consistency.

Actually her level in IW could've been one of the highest levels I've ever seen in WTA. She was in the zone throughout.
 
She was brilliant in Indian Wells and US Open but went O'Sucka inbetween. Needs to work on her consistency.
This has been an issue for Kvitova and Muguruza, too. And for many others. I think it'll be some time before her game on clay is up to much, and I'm not sure about grass, either, although that could be more promising. But I hope she'll be able to start playing more consistently well on hard courts. Wouldn't you agree that the only thing that Serena did better than her today was serve?
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
This has been an issue for Kvitova and Muguruza, too. And for many others. I think it'll be some time before her game on clay is up to much, and I'm not sure about grass, either, although that could be more promising. But I hope she'll be able to start playing more consistently well on hard courts. Wouldn't you agree that the only thing that Serena did better than her today was serve?
Yes and even that is questionable. She served great too.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
Hopefully. All the others that have stepped up have fallen flat on their face. The list is long. Hopefully Osaka can succeed, in the consistency and mental strength department, where all others have failed.
 
Yes and even that is questionable. She served great too.
Perhaps on today's form, it was close, though I'd still say Serena's serve was better. I guess what I should have said was that Osaka looked today to have the potential to push even a good Serena very close in every way, except that the good Serena would have a significantly better serve. Osaka would have significantly better movement and foot work, bearing in mind that, at 37, Serena isn't going to get her younger self's movement and foot work back. If she did, that would be close, too. Although even in her younger days, her foot work wasn't always great. Capriati could occasionally exploit that, back in the day.
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
I love Osaka but she has done as much as Ostapenko and less than Muguruza/Halep.

I sure hope she has a long and successful career, and has a powerful game, but only time will tell.
 

tennisenthusiast

Hall of Fame
Unfortunately WTA is flimsy at the moment. There is no clear front runner. We have only one or two slam wonders which is quite unfortunate. Kerber, Muguruza, Ostapenko, Wozniacki, Pliskova, Halep, Stephens, Kvitova. Oh my god list goes on...
 
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