Tennis Column #12 – New Star was born: Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka played awesome tennis!

The sentence above describes what I want to remember from US Open 2018. Her attitude, cold mind and perfect hits were the absolute top of Ladies tennis during New York Grand Slam. She is only 20, but her mental strength and tennis abilities are well ahead of her age. Naomi Osaka deserves to be a US Open 2018 champion thanks to her tennis. I strongly believe that she will win many more Grand Slam titles in coming years. And I also hope, she will have room to present her joy after taking the trophy.

Unfortunately, it was not the case on Saturday, when other sad circumstances overshadowed Naomi Osaka brilliant tennis. By accidence, it was Serena Williams, the role model for Naomi Osaka, who made Ladies Singles final the rather disappointing event. Her behavior was not the one you would expect from a champion.

Tennis is a game where mental strength is very important. Serena Williams did not handle the final match mentally after she lagged behind Osaka tennis skills. What happened is bad for Williams and bad for tennis itself.

I will always refer to US Open 2018 as tournament when Naomi Osaka played a spectacular tennis at the age of twenty.  It was tournament when a new star was born and everybody should remember it.

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Finally, I got it right

Whoever was afraid that men tennis will be dominated by duo Nadal Federer till they retire can be fine now. Last two Grand Slams showed that we have to count on another player. Novak Djokovic won US Open 2018 and Wimbledon 2018 and it is just question of time when he attacks no. 1 position in ATP Ranking.

The coaching change finally went in the right direction. Marian Vajda is the right person for Novak, no matter what happens. Djokovic tried others but now he definitely knows what works and what not.

And I am just glad, that I finally got the winner of Grand Slam right. I counted with Djokovic at the start of the season and also before semifinals. And we all should count with him also before ATP Finals and Australian Open 2019.

Btw, who do you pick as Australian Open 2019 winner now? Our poll is here.

What’s next?

Grand Slams are over this season, but there is still plenty of tennis waiting this year. First, we have a relaxing week with Davis Cup semifinals during the weekend. Then we will enjoy the Laver Cup. October will be full of master tournaments in Asia and the season ends with Masters in Paris and ATP Finals in London.


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Simon is the leading editor of from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

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