However, due to playing fewer tournaments last year, the former World No. 1 failed to regain the top rank. So as World No. 3, her first priority will be to become the best player of 2021.
Interestingly, the Japanese player has clinched one major title every single year from 2018. Therefore, it is something that Naomi would like to continue in the coming year as well.
Considering her current form, the reigning US Open champion will be one of the favorites in every tournament this year. But before she starts her 2021, take a look at the tournaments she is likely to play this year.
The list is only provisional and can change according to different circumstances.
|8 Feb – 15 Feb||Australian Open||Melbourne, Australia||128||Grand Slam||Hard|
|8 Mar||Dubai Tennis Championships||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||64||WTA 1000||Hard|
|22 Mar – 29 Mar||Miami Open||Miami Gardens, United States||128||WTA 1000||Hard|
|19 Apr||Stuttgart Open||Stuttgart, Germany||32||WTA 500||Clay|
|26 Apr – 3 May||Madrid Open||Madrid, Spain||64||WTA 1000||Clay|
|10 May||Italian Open||Rome, Italy||64||WTA 1000||Clay|
|24 May – 31 May||French Open||Paris, France||128||Grand Slam||Clay|
|14 Jun||Birmingham Classic||Birmingham, Great Britain||32||WTA 250||Grass|
|28 Jun – 5 July||The Championships, Wimbledon||London, Great Britain||128||Grand Slam||Grass|
|26 Jul||Tokyo Olympics||Tokyo, Japan||64||Olympic Games||Hard|
|9 Aug||Canadian Open||Toronto, Canada||56||WTA 1000||Hard|
|16 Aug||Cincinnati Open||Cincinnati, United States||64||WTA 1000||Hard|
|30 Aug – 6 Sept||US Open||New York City, United States||128||Grand Slam||Hard|
|20 Sept||Pan Pacific Open||Tokyo, Japan||32||WTA 500||Hard|
|4 Oct||China Open||Beijing, China||64||WTA 1000||Hard|
|1 Nov||WTA Finals||Shenzhen, China||8||Tournament with round-robin matches||Hard|
|Tba*||Indian Wells Masters||Tucson, California||128||Masters 1000||Hard|
*Note: Indian Wells Masters has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus spread in the USA.
The 2019 Australian Open winner will start her campaign at the first slam of the year. Given her time off from tennis after the 2020 US Open, it would be difficult to find the rhythm from the start. But since she played only five tournaments last year, Naomi will be mentally ready to go big this year.
Apart from defending her New York title, she is the defending finalist of the Cincinnati Open. However, her prime target would be getting back the Australian Open, which she lost in the Round of 32 last year.
Additionally, the highest-ranked Japanese will also try to collect more titles in the season. Currently, she has six WTA titles to her name.
In finality, Naomi Osaka is the player fans wouldn’t want to miss in 2021. Hopefully, she will present the peak level of her career this year.