Naomi Osaka Joins Elite Group of Serena Williams and Venus Williams in an Incredible Stat

Published 03/30/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No. 2 Naomi Osaka is making headlines on a regular basis for all the right reasons. In recent years, she has performed consistently well and has emerged as one of the most successful players in the game. At the age of 23, she is the proud winner of four Grand Slam titles.

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At the moment, Naomi Osaka is competing at the season’s first WTA 1000 event in Miami. After booking a spot in the quarterfinal today, the Japanese superstar extended her streak to twenty-three match wins. In doing so, she has joined an elite list of players having the longest winning streaks.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her first round match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Naomi Osaka trails Serena Williams and Venus Williams

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Although she is at the bottom of that list, the youngster has the ball in her court to extend her winning run and climb up the table. American legend Venus Williams is at the top followed by her sister Serena. Venus won 35 matches in a row during the 2000 season, while Serena won 34 matches during the 2013 season.

Although the sisters have placed their name on more than one occasion, other greats such as Justine Henin and Victoria Azarenka have earned their spots too. During the 2007-08 season, Henin won 34 matches, whereas Azarenka won 26 matches during the 2012 season. The great Belgian has her name in the record book on two instances, the other being in 2005 when she won 24 matches in a row.

Serena Williams of the United States is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams of the United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Among great names

It is a great achievement for Naomi to enter this elite group. It only speaks volumes of the talent she possesses, and she could strive for further greatness in the years to come. 

At the moment, she is playing in Miami and has beaten Kiki Bertens in straight sets to book a spot in the quarterfinals. It’s her best performance at the venue and now that she’s so close to it, Osaka will be eyeing the title. 

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After this tournament, she will shift her focus to the clay-court season. Although she has not enjoyed much success on the clay courts, she will look to continue with her current purple patch of form in the upcoming tournaments.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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