Australian Open 2021: Osaka travels to the chosen ones | sports

Pending that Serena Williams completes her immense work with the 24th great, or else desists and ends up bowing to the Australian Margaret Court, women’s tennis finds reasons for joy in the final takeoff of Naomi osaka. The 23-year-old Japanese conquered her fourth big victory by beating the American Jennifer Brady in the Melbourne final (6-4 and 6-3, in 1h 17m) and confirmed that the turn of the page is getting closer and closer, that If there is to be a new boss on the circuit, it is her and if any tennis player has numbers and arguments to become the next reference, the chosen one is well recognizable: curly hair, mixed complexion and scorching tennis. If there are no important oversights, Osaka goes there where only the chosen ones appear.

After two weeks of offering clues, the first enigma in Australia was completed on Saturday. The champion posed with the trophy and took another step towards the dreamlike space of history. Brady resisted until he took a misstep in the first set, and the rest was a sweet walk towards Osaka’s fourth major, who has not lost a game since falling against Sara Sorribes on February 7, in the Federation Cup, and has since linked 21 wins. There is no one to stop her – there are only two resignations due to injury, but no losses – and with the latest success she became the fourth active player to achieve a poker after Serena (23), Venus Williams (7) and the Belgian Kim Klijsters (4).

“I no longer see expectations as a stone. I feel like I’m at a point where I feel like everything I have I’ve earned. I know that now there will be more pressure, but at the same time that is something that motivates me ”, he commented while experts and fans are already making pools on how many big players he will win, and if he will climb more or less in the list of celebrities. At the moment, Osaka is one historical step from two illustrious ones like the Swiss Martina Hingis and the Russian Maria Sharapova, both with five laurels. Ahead, however, is a world, major words.

At her age, those 23, Serena counted six; Steffi Graf, another institution, had taken 11; the American Chris Evert boasted seven; but Martina Navratilova, for example, was later and had only harvested two of the 17 that she won in the individual modality. So Osaka is far from some of the more precocious heroines, but it is certainly heading in the right direction. His break and tear tennis begins to take over the circuit and since he raised the US Open in 2018, knocking Williams down on that dramatic night, he has triumphed in every final he has stepped on: Australia the following year, New York again (the course past) and Melbourne in the present. That is, four out of four. Since Monica Seles did it in 1990, she hadn’t played with a record of that caliber.

Two pending subjects

“I go step by step. Now I’m only thinking about the fifth, ”he reduced when he learned that the Swede Mats Wilander, a champion with a good nose, predicts that he will win at least ten Grand Slams. “It is an honor that he says that, but I like living in the now, not seeing things from a general perspective,” he added as his legions of followers – two million on Instagram and more than 800,000 on Twitter – rub their hands. thinking about a decade of dominance, taking into account that only Garbiñe Muguruza (27 years old, two greats) and Simona Halep (29, two others) have managed to raise more than one grand prize. There is, until now, no representative of his villa to overshadow him.

“It may sound weird, but my biggest goal is to play long enough to face a girl who said I was her favorite tennis player. I have had that feeling, although unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to play against Li Na [jugadora china que ganó dos majors]”, He said.

In this last route, Muguruza was precisely the only one who bothered him. That day, Osaka saved two match balls and after solving that gap and knotting the final triumph against Brady, his gaze now turns to Roland Garros, where he has never made it past the third round. Powerful on concrete, clay and grass are two pending subjects. “Since I did not play in juniors, I grew up without playing on grass, and I think the ground will be better for me. Last year I did very badly, but I think it’s a matter of getting used to it ”, the brand new winner decided, heading to a new dimension.