YOUNG JAPANESE LADY BECOMES WTA’S WORLD NO.1
NEW TENNIS STAR NAOMI OSAKA, WTA WORLD NO.1 UP FROM NO.72 IN JUST A YEAR.
Naomi Osaka is the new World Tennis Association (WTA) No.1 female player after her Saturday 26th January, victory in the Australian Open Grand Slam final. The 21 year old Japanese beat Czech republic’s Petra Kvitova (7-6,5-7,6-4) to win her second major title.
At such a time last year, Osaka was ranked at World No.72, and her speed to the top has surprised many. The youngster beat famous American tennis star Serena Williams in September 2018 to win her first major title at the U.S. Open. At the beginning of the Australian Open, she was the World No.4.
Osaka’s recent victory made her the first woman to win consecutive majors since Serena Williams in 2015. She also became the youngest to win two titles in a row, since Jennifer Capriati at the Australian and French Opens in 2001. She is also the first Asian player to be ranked World No.1 in the singles.
Born in Osaka and raised in the United States by her Japanese mother and Haitian father, Osaka has cited her father Leonard Francois and Coach Sascha Bajin as having been her major support system. She describes her father as her “mental pillar.” It was her beloved father who had introduced both Naomi and her elder sister to tennis at an early age. She now states that her early exposure has been very meaningful to her success.
The young lady has admitted that she is an instinctively shy woman who is uncomfortable with direct eye contact and thinks she used to receive more media attention than her ranking deserved. At first, her coach, thought this was a negative attitude from her but has since come to know her better.
While most young tennis enthusiasts approach the game with a hyper-competitive demeanor, Naomi has charmed her fans and the media with her cheerfulness and dry sense of humor. She also professes her love for video games and Japanese food.
Osaka is now the fresh blood in the female tennis game and is expected to win more grand slams in the future. She has talked of her future ambitions of becoming one of the best players ever in the world. She plans to win more major oncoming titles. She has previously played in the Indian Wells, Wimbledon and Nottingham.
“I’m going to have to play Indian Wells again. Of course, I’d love to win that again and then play Miami and hopefully win that,” she declared elatedly. “I’m beyond excited to become the new WTA World No. 1,” Naomi Osaka was quoted as saying on the WTA website. “I’ve always dreamt of being in this position and I am honored to be part of the elite group of players who have reached the No. 1 ranking.”
Osaka is the 26th female player to hold the top ranking and the youngest to become World No. 1 since Caroline Wozniacki, who was 20 years old when she topped in 2010.E