‘I don't consider myself the next Serena’: Naomi Osaka on reaching peak of women's tennis
In a recent interview with El Pais, the 21-year-old expressed her admiration for Williams. She said, however, that she doesn’t want to expose herself to pressure by attempting to win as many titles as the American 23-time Grand Slam winner.
“I admire everything [Serena Williams] has fought for on the court, that she was always a guarantee to win, which seems very strange to me,” Osaka said.
“But I do not consider myself the next Serena, because I do not believe that there will ever be one like her. I consider myself as the next Naomi. I would like to win as many titles as her, but I am not sure I can do it. That’s my goal, but I do not want to put pressure on myself for trying to win 20 Grand Slams,” she added.Also on rt.com ‘I don’t have to put success over happiness’: Naomi Osaka on sudden split with ex-Serena coach
The winner of back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments - the US and Australian Opens - explained that she is focused on enjoying life and playing tennis rather than on on-court achievements.
“I am enjoying my life, my game, working as much as possible. I do not think there are limits. If I know that I can do something, there is always a way to succeed,” Osaka said.
On Tuesday, she progressed to the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open, beating Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in three sets, 7-6 3-6 6-0.