In about a week, Naomi Osaka will try to defend her Australian Open title and win the third Slam of her career. The former World No.1 has many goals in 2020, including the Tokyo Olympics between Wimbledon and the US Open. “For me, I just feel like I like to try break history, or make history,” Osaka said the Nikkei Asian Review.
“When someone says to me, ‘No one has done this before,’ that immediately becomes my goal. The Olympics come every four years, and [there] are four [Grand Slam titles] every year. When I was a kid growing up, I would usually dream about winning a gold medal.
I think every athlete is the same way. I always represent Japan when I play. [The Olympics] are definitely one of the biggest group events. I have never played in them before”. On her defeat against Karolina Pliskova in Brisbane, Naomi added: "I've not played in many, but that was a Grand Slam final-type match, the first two sets.
I thought they were really good. She was serving really well -- we were both serving really well. It obviously came down to the tiebreaks in both of them. In the third set, I was just lingering too much on the match point that I missed.
And I've played so many matches three sets, my body was kind of like: 'Why are you doing this again?"