Naomi Osaka is a Japanese tennis player who made a big name for herself by winning the 2018 US Open and following up with another win at the Australian Open 2019. She won the US Open for a second time in 2020 and followed it by winning the Australian Open in 2021.
A talented striker of the ball, Osaka has been touted for great things right since the time she turned pro. Having also won the Indian Wells title in her breakthrough 2018 season, Osaka has started doing full justice to her sky-high potential.
Best finish at each of the four Grand Slams:
Australian Open: Champion - Women's Singles (2019, 2021)
French Open: 3rd Round (2016, 2018, 2019)
Wimbledon: 3rd Round (2017, 2018)
US Open: Champion (2018, 2020)
Highest Ranking: No. 1
Style of play
Osaka is an aggressive baseliner who likes to hit the ball on the rise and take time away from her opponents. Osaka's game is centered around her serve, which she uses to take the initiative in any point. She also uses her forehand as an offensive weapon, and looks to control the rallies by hitting deep, heavy forehands.
Osaka has a two-handed backhand that serves as a set up shot for her forehand. That said, she can also use it as an attacking tool when she has enough time to wind up for it.
Osaka doesn't approach the net a lot, and is content to stand at the baseline for a vast majority of her matches.
Strengths and weaknesses
Osaka has one of the best serves in the world, and frequently gets a ton of free points through aces and service winners. She also has a very good return, and can hit aggressively on it even when stretched wide.
Osaka's forehand is powerful and penetrating, and can help her take charge of rallies with a single strike. Her backhand is less of a weapon, but is still a solid shot and can keep her opponents at bay with its depth and angle.
Osaka is capable of blending offense and defense in a way that few others can. While she goes after her groundstrokes, she can also put plenty of topspin and margin on them when pitted against bigger hitters.
Osaka has come to be known for her mental strength, and displays incredible composure even when put under pressure. She has registered a number of comeback wins in her short career already, and has the unique ability to play her best tennis in the biggest of moments.