Naomi Osaka’s life has changed drastically in the past year. She went from being a young player with potential to winning two major tournaments and earning the number one spot in the WTA rankings.
The tournament that changed her life was last year’s U.S. Open. Osaka beat Serena Williams in the final. Beating Serena is a feat for any player, but to do it in the final of a major tournament is the achievement of a career. The fact that Serena had a mini meltdown over a call, added to the drama of the victory.
But that’s not all. Osaka went on to win the Australian Open as well. With two consecutive wins of Grand Slam tournaments, Osaka has earned the number one spot in the tennis world. So how is she coping with her newfound stardom?
Becoming famous isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s even harder for a young player who rises to stardom quickly. But Osaka has a good attitude for handling the pressure. She says she doesn’t think much about her new status in the tennis world. She prefers to focus on what she does best: winning tennis matches.
Osaka’s big moment, when she proved to the world her skill, was beating Serena in the U.S. Open final. But Osaka says she hasn’t even watched the film of the game. Fans had such strong reactions to the call that didn’t go Serena’s way, and then Serena’s own reaction, that Osaka says she just wants to remember the victory as it is in her head.
It’s a good sign when a young athlete can be so levelheaded and solid. It’s clear that Osaka has her priorities in order. There’s no doubt that we can expect big things from her in the future.