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."