‘I Want to Have That’: Naomi Osaka Admires Simona Halep’s Recent Achievement

Published 02/06/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her quarter final match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Naomi Osaka is one of the favorites at the Australian Open this year, but the 23-year-old recognizes that Simona Halep is also a major challenger. Osaka was recently informed about a significant ranking statistic that Halep has maintained, and the three-time Grand Slam champion was taken aback by the consistency! 

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For years, Simona Halep has been one of the top competitors in the women’s game. The 2019 Wimbledon champ broke into the Top 10 of the WTA rankings in 2014, and hasn’t stepped down since! 

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 1, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Halep precisely broke into the Top 10 on January 27, 2014, and she’s spent more than 350 weeks in this region. Naomi Osaka was recently made aware of this amazing stat, and here’s how she responded:

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“I think that’s something incredible, and for me, I feel like I want to have that sort of consistency,” Osaka said. “I think that my career, it’s been kind of up and down a lot, and people don’t really know when I’m going to do well in a tournament or when I’m not.”

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Naomi Osaka has been a star ever since she broke out on the scene. Osaka has matched Halep’s consistency when it comes to maintaining her spot in the Top 10 rankings; After breaking into the Top 10 in 2018, Osaka’s never fumbled her place out of the rankings.  

“I think my ultimate goal is just to like at least reach the quarterfinals or better at every tournament I play and hopefully win most of them, and if not, then just to give a really good performance,” the 23-year-old mentioned. 

Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka talks to the media at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

The past few years have been quite enjoyable for Osaka and she’s now one of the most popular athletes in the entire world. Halep has been a leading example with her consistent displays, and Osaka wants to work to achieve a similar result. 

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“I think being in the Top 10 for seven years is something really good and I don’t know why my mind immediately went to I hope I don’t get injured. Like imagine you get injured and you drop out of the top ten, but yeah, I think that something I definitely want to strive towards,” Osaka mentioned. 

Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open crown back in 2019, and she’s once again competing to clinch another title at Melbourne. Can the 23-year-old outplay her opponents and walk away with the championship?

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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