“If She Just Decided on One Thing…”: Naomi Osaka Advices Coco Gauff While Praising Simona Halep

Published 08/30/2021, 12:18 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: Cori Gauff of the United States and Naomi Osaka of Japan speak following their Women’s Singles third round match on day six of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Tennis’ best prepare to take on each other at the iconic US Open 2021. Heading to battle for the ultimate glory, fans expect a fierce showdown on sight. However, keeping the rivalries aside, Naomi Osaka was caught candid, hailing praises for her fellow tennis peers.

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Naomi Osaka is one of the uprising stars of the new generation, taking over the sport. Even at the young age of 23, she has 4 Grand Slam titles to her name and a few records to go by. Even off the court, the Japanese star is known for her empathetic personality and courteous nature. Displaying her humility, Naomi picked fellow tennis players over herself in a conversation.

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Debating over who the best on-court mover is, Naomi was all praise for Simona Halep and Coco Gauff. Notably, she also detailed the differences between the two WTA athletes.

Deciding to be defensive

Naomi and Coco grew up together in the States, playing on the same courts since their childhood. Hence, the two best friends go way back in time, sharing a personal relationship off-court. In a discussion about who has the best movement on the court, Naomi was quick to pick Coco and Halep as her favorites. However, she also pointed out a difference between the two.

She said, “I think Halep is pretty good. Coco as well too, but I would say right now she is in between trying to be aggressive and defensive, so it’s not as good as it could be if she just decided on one thing. And I think Halep is more deciding to be defending.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Simona Halep of Romania celebrates winning a point in her third round match against Venus Williams of the United States during day six of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Undoubtedly, the two tennis stars will be appreciative of Naomi’s kind words. However, all will be forgotten when the three line up in a possible faceoff at the New York-based event.

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Can Naomi Osaka defend her title?

It’s been some season for Naomi Osaka. From a title-winning start at the Australian Open to an unprecedented break after the Roland Garros fiasco, she’s remained at the heart of world headlines. However, even as she returned from her sabbatical, she is yet to announce her arrival with a thumping performance.

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

With surprise defeats and early exits, she has seen a dip in her form. Regardless, she remains a favorite for fans, kick-starting her title defensive campaign. As she dons the courts where it all once started, can she repeat history and clinch the title or will her recent past ruin her hopes of a remarkable return yet again?

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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