Japan’s Naomi Osaka promised on Saturday not to be weighed down by “pressure and expectation” after her latest Grand Slam victory sparked talk she could end up winning 10 majors.
The 23-year-old won her fourth Slam from the last eight she’s contested with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jennifer Brady of the United States in 77 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.
Osaka becomes only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, and will rise to second in the world rankings.
The Japanese sensation is now seen as the dominant force in women’s tennis, a view shared by seven-time Slam-winner Mats Wilander, who believes Osaka can win 10 Grand Slams.
“I’m taking it in sections. For right now, I’m trying to go for five,” Osaka said, when asked about Wilander’s comment.
“After five I would think about maybe dividing the 10, so maybe seven or eight.”
“I don’t like to take things big-picture,” Osaka added. “For me, I like to live in the moment.
“It’s an honour that he said that. But I don’t want to weigh myself down with pressure and expectations.”