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It’s been a ancestral year for Naomi Osaka, and she’s finished story again this week by rising to No. 4 in a WTA rankings—tying a all-time record for highest-ranked Japanese player, masculine or female.
Having damaged into a Top 10 for a initial time after winning a US Open—which finished her a initial Japanese actor in tennis history, masculine or female, to win a Grand Slam title—Osaka is now adult to No. 4 after low runs in her dual tournaments given then, reaching a Tokyo final and Beijing semifinals.
Two Japanese players have formerly been ranked as high as No. 4—Kimiko Date, who spent 7 weeks during No. 4 in a WTA rankings in 1995, and Kei Nishikori, who spent 12 weeks during No. 4 in a ATP rankings (which includes 8 weeks in 2015, dual weeks in 2016 and dual weeks in 2017).
Neither Date nor Nishikori ever finished it any aloft than No. 4.
“I’m a form of chairman who doesn’t unequivocally stop to consider about what I’ve done,” Osaka pronounced during her run in Beijing. “Right after a US Open we played Tokyo, and I’m arrange of beholden we played there since we could go true into contest mode again. I’m perplexing to get used to going deeper in tournaments.
“I usually wish to keep doing things. we wish to keep pulling myself, generally when we see other people my age doing unequivocally great. Maybe during a finish of this year I’ll stop and consider about what I’ve done.”
Osaka was also asked about doing aloft expectations now that she’s a Grand Slam champion.
“So, like, we consider humans are people, they’re never happy,” she replied. “And I’m not unequivocally articulate about myself. I’m usually saying, like, from a outside, we guess. Like, if we don’t win a tournament, afterwards people will say, ‘Oh, she hasn’t won a tournament.’ If we haven’t won a Slam, they’ll say, ‘She hasn’t won a Slam.’ Then if we win one Grand Slam, they’re like, ‘Oh, she usually won one Grand Slam.’
“I arrange of review a comments. I’m like, ‘Oh, we theory we have to do more, to be better.’ In a approach it’s good since we consider that approach myself anyway. It’s one of a things that creates me wish to infer myself.”
Though she had to repel from this week’s International-level stop in Hong Kong with a behind injury, Osaka’s in an glorious position to set a all-time Japanese ranking record—she usually has 61 ranking points to urge before a Australian Open subsequent January, and this past week she indeed competent for a WTA Finals in Singapore, where a champion could acquire adult to 1,500 ranking points.
“I’m unequivocally vehement about Singapore,” she said. “It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that I’m going to have. we consider it’s going to be unequivocally fun and exciting—I play good when we have those feelings.”
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