Naomi Osaka has had an extremely busy week so far, culminating in her 6-2, 6-0 win over Saisai Zheng on Saturday in a match for the Wimbledon Women’s Singles quarterfinals. On the men’s side, American talent Jared Donaldson dispatched of Greece’s Dimitris Giannoulis, also on Saturday, 6-2, 7-6.
The 19-year-old is the star of the show, however, with her tournament stats standing at 0-1 so far, and a trio of wins. She smashed Saisai Zheng on Saturday to start her week, and in the following days beat both Aleksandra Krunic and Andrea Petkovic. The match against Zheng, which lasted 35 minutes, will no doubt be remembered as one of her best.
“It wasn’t tough. I didn’t play really good,” said Osaka after the match. “She’s really, really, really good. I was so happy to get through it. I feel good. It was also like an amazing debut for my grandma who was there watching. So that made it really good.”
Naomi Osaka is known for her supreme consistency, but the teenager this week found herself with the unexpected added burden of the Japanese national team. In the weeks that she’s spent in England since Wimbledon, she has played 11 matches, and already has the two victories under her belt.
Naomi Osaka has obviously not been looking beyond this week. If she can repeat the form that saw her through both round-robin matches she’ll advance to a potential semifinal meeting with Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. She knows that becoming the first Japanese woman to win at Wimbledon and make it to the women’s singles final would be an achievement, and the future star of women’s tennis certainly doesn’t shy away from her grand plan. “I believe so,” she told reporters after the match. “I still have two matches. It’s like the best week of my life.”
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