Naomi Osaka has been dealing with a lot of expectations lately, and the controversial US Open final against Serena Williams, with the American arguing towards the umpire, did not help the Japanese according to the TV presenter Annabel Croft.
Speaking to Khaleej Times in Dubai, Croft said: "I think it was noticeable how full the stands were in Dubai when she played. I think that was because the headlines the scenario at the US Open created took the sport off the back pages and it created a lot of hype.
I think there's a lot of interest in her as a human being aside from tennis, so that's been a positive thing for women's tennis because it has created more interest. She is definitely one that can draw a lot of people in.
But I think there are many other players that are coming up too." Croft also gave her opinion on the many unexpected results on the women's tour where it seems anybody can win against anybody: "I know it's a cliché, but it's the strength and depth in women's Tour.
We have so many different Grand Slam winners now. You know somebody like (Jelena) Ostapenko, who had never won a Tour title, won the French Open two years ago ranked 20 something in the world. A win like that makes everybody else believe that they can win a Grand Slam.
So it has given an enormous belief to some of the younger players. I think they are less intimidated when they go on court against some of the top players."