Coach Wim Fissette Details the Aspects Where Naomi Osaka Can Improve Her Game

Published 02/19/2021, 11:07 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Naomi Osaka will play against Jennifer Brady for the Australian Open 2021 title. While many already consider her to be great, her coach Wim Fissette believes there’s still a lot of room for improvement.

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Coming into her second final in Melbourne Park, the Japanese ace had to outlive the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the semis. Accordingly, she put out her best to beat the greatest.

However, the Belgian coach who joined team Osaka only last year gave a brief on their to-achieve list. Indeed, the only way to be the best is to keep improving.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her quarterfinal match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The ones who have seen the 23-year-old Japanese play know that she has a classic forehand and a strong backhand. Yet there are many aspects that she needs to add to her repertoire.

Firstly, Fissette talked about coming to the net, which is one of the greatest skills in tennis. Consequently, it is also one of the toughest plays to master.

“We’ve worked on it, but it’s transitioning to the net,” Fissette said. “She has never really done that and it remains a difficult topic. But she wants to improve step by step. It needs time.”

In the moment, he also explained that the play is unnatural for her as she hasn’t spent enough time on it. But in the meantime, they are also preparing her slice backhand, another formidable weapon.

“She is 22 years old and need to become a more complete player gradually. We’ve worked on her slice backhand, but that needs improvement as well.”

All things considered, Fissette and Naomi Osaka will go on to create one of the greatest tennis players ever.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi-final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Apart from the improvements, Wim considers Naomi’s backhand on the run to be faultless. Thus, all it needs is a little sharpening from time to time.

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“She gets under every ball so beautifully and is always able to play a quality shot. So, there’s no absolute necessity there, but we’ll keep building,” he concluded.

The Japanese will look forward to distinguishing herself against the American Jennifer Brady in the final. And it is her variety of shots and swift movement that can help her achieve the target.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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