Naomi Osaka can dominate tennis like Serena Williams, says Cash

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Naomi Osaka can dominate tennis like Serena Williams, says Cash

In an interview to CNN, the 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash spoke highly of Naomi Osaka's potential. The Japanese failed to win her third Grand Slam title in a row but she will still be world No. 1 after the French Open. Cash said: "I think she is probably the most impressive player I've seen since Serena Williams.

She has the ability to dominate tennis like Serena Williams -- her movement, her shot-making ability, her physicality. Not only would she go for her shots, but she'd continue to go for her shots and there was no fear. There must have been some [fear] but it didn't look like she got nervous.

I wouldn't write her off for anything." After her loss to Katerina Siniakova, Osaka said: "I haven't been able to relax since I got here. Like, I have been tense, so maybe, like, even when I'm sleeping, I'm, like, Ahhh.

And then maybe that makes me tired. I don't know. Like, I'm not a medical professional (smiling). But, yeah -- I have so many thoughts going on right now. I just think, like -- I feel like if I say any more about me being tired, it's going to sound like an excuse, you know.

Because she played great. I don't think there is anything that I can say that should take away from she's into the round of 16 at the French, and I'm not going to keep saying that I was tired, because obviously she played a super-long match her last round and she's tired too, probably.

Yeah, I'm just going to end it there. Like, there are situations that you're supposed to fight out of that I didn't fight out of today, and that's why I lost."