In her curriculum, the 21-year-old Naomi Osaka has won huge singles titles: Indian Wells and the US Open. Both came in 2018, making them a very interesting business card with the question: Was a star born? Interesting question, with a very confortable answer: Yes, a star was born! The Japanese, who already in 2016, at the age of nineteen had played her first final in a WTA tournament, showed exceptional tennis this year.
Although she will have to be more consistent, there is no denying Osaka has it in her to add to hertitle collection. She opened the season by reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open, then, reached the quarters in Doha and Dubai, won Indian Wells against Daria Kasatkina and then, defeated Serena Williams in the first round in Miami.
The clay swing did not live up to her expectations while in the grass swing, she reached the semi-final in Nottingham and the third round at Wimbledon. Her season peaked at the US Open, where she defeated Serena Williams in the final.
On the wings of enthusiasm came the final (lost to Karolina Pliskova) at the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the Bijing semi-final. At the WTA Finals she could not get past the round robin stage. But, no doubt, her season was amazing as she became the first Japanese player to win a Slam.
No doubt, if she improves – something that ought to go without saying – she could continue to rule the WTA ranking charts. ALSO READ: Tennis and rheumatoid arthritis: What you need to know