Naomi Osaka has revealed her goal for the rest of the season is to return to the top-10 and by next year to again reach the No. 1 ranking. Osaka, who arrived to Miami ranked at No. 77 in the world, is guaranteed a top-40 return after making the Miami final.
"I think by next year or by the end of this year, I would love to be Top 10," Osaka said, per the WTA Tour website. "By next year I would love to be the No.1. "Oh, that's a big statement. Erase that.
Top 5. You know what? I'm going to set that goal. Top 1, yeah. No.1. "It feels kind of good to chase something, and I think that maybe that's a feeling that I have been missing, like wanting to strive to do better. For me, it's cool to see where the level of No.1 is so I can find out if I can reach that."
Osaka on a potential Iga Swiatek rivalry
Osaka reached her first final in over a year, before she was handed a 6-4 6-0 loss by Swiatek. It was the second meeting between the two and Swiatek's first win over Osaka. "Rivalries are what make the sport go around.
People want to see the matchup in different countries or different surfaces. I think that's the most exciting thing about tennis is that you play in different altitudes, different conditions. So yeah. I don't know if she really considers me a rival, but sure, that would be fun," Osaka said.
"I think that she's really amazing for the sport. All the young players, like Raducanu, Coco, I think it's bringing this new generation. I don't know if I'm part of the new generation as well. I might be like a middle guard. It's definitely really cool to see a young player at the top."