Naomi Osaka eyeing French Open and Wimbledon success upon comeback despite poor track record
Osaka is set to make her comeback in the Brisbane International.
Naomi Osaka (Source: Japan Times)
Naomi Osaka is set to make her comeback in the 2023 Brisbane International after staying away from the court for about a year. The Japanese tennis player’s main goal at present is to participate in the 2024 Australian Open. She is taking part in the Brisbane Open to be match-fit ahead of the first Grand Slam of the upcoming tour.
Ahead of the much-awaited 2024 Australian Open, Osaka has said that her goal in 2024 will be to focus on winning more Grand Slam titles, with a particular focus on Roland Garros and Wimbledon. She also wants to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
She has won four Grand Slam titles, but all of them came in the Australian and US Open events (2 each). Her records at the Wimbledon and French Open are not great, and Osaka wants to change that in 2024.
I definitely want to win more Grand Slams, with a focus on Roland-Garros and Wimbledon I guess and also compete in the Paris Olympics.Osaka via Agence France-Presse
Naomi Osaka has not stepped on the court since September 2022. In January 2023, she announced that she was taking a break from tennis to focus on her family as she was pregnant with her firstborn.
On 7th July, she and her long-time boyfriend, rapper Cordae, welcomed their daughter Shai and with that, the Japanese started preparing for her comeback in a few months. Rafael Nadal will also be making his comeback in the 2023 Brisbane International to prepare himself for the 2024 Australian Open.
Naomi Osaka’s records in the Wimbledon and French Open
Not all players play similarly well on all surfaces and Naomi Osaka is one such player. Despite having won as many as four Grand Slam events in her career so far, all of them came in hard-court tournaments. The 26-year-old’s performances on grass and clay courts are downright disappointing, which translates to her lack of success in the Wimbledon and French Open.
In the French Open, Osaka has won a total of 7 out of 12 matches. However, she has never advanced beyond the third round in the tournament.
Her record at the Wimbledon is somewhat similar. The Japanese ace took part in only three editions of the grass-court tournament in her career so far, i.e., in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Here again, she has never progressed beyond the third round so far.
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