The only Japanese with a Grand Slam crown, Noami Osaka plans her schedule for the 2019 tennis season. Before the major kicks-off in Melbourne, Osaka looks forward to stepping on the courts of Brisbane. In regard with the tournament, she said, “I’ve seen photos of Sydney, it looks like an amazing city to visit and I’ve heard great things about the tournament from other players who have played there”. Also, the newly crowned US One champ is excited about playing in front of her Australian fans. Osaka says, “I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Sydney fans for the first time, and hopefully getting plenty of court time in at Olympic Park in the lead-in to the Australian Open”.
The Sydney International Tournament Director, Lawrence Robertson has high regards for the Japanese. He anticipates Osaka to produce something significant on the Australian tennis courts. “’Naomi is the talk of the tennis world after her powerful and poised performance at the US Open. She is one of the most exciting players – and intriguing personalities – competing right now, and we are delighted that Sydney fans will have the opportunity to enjoy her thrilling brand of tennis firsthand here at Olympic Park”, Lawrence said. “After her breakthrough in New York, big things are being predicted for Naomi, and we look forward to seeing her continue to fulfil her enormous potential here at the Sydney International”.
This week, the Japanese reached new heights in her career. She is now ranked Number Four in the world. Osaka embarked upon this year’s season with a World Number 68 ranking. Her Indian Wells and US Open titles ascended her rankings. She was the finalist at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. And also reached the semifinals of the China Open. Her compatriots, Kimiko Date and Kei Nishikori have also been ranked Number Four in the world. In addition to her polished rankings, this year Osaka qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore for the first time in her career.