“My Mind Can’t Fathom the Choices She Makes”: Naomi Osaka on Next Opponent Hsieh Su-wei at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/14/2021, 6:41 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her first round match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Loren Elliott


World No.3 Naomi Osaka recently won her match at the Australian Open 2021. Facing Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round, the Japanese star made a spectacular comeback after losing the first set. The final scoreline of the match read 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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With this win, Naomi Osaka booked a spot for herself in the quarters of the Australian Open 2021 to butt heads with Hsieh Su-wei. Hsieh has played some brilliant tennis in the tournament so far and has just lost one set.

In the post-match interview, Osaka revealed what is so challenging about Hsieh’s game. She believes that the Chinese player definitely has quite a unique gameplay, which is interesting to watch.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her fourth-round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Loren Elliott

“I mean, have you watched her play? It’s like, What?” said Osaka during an interview with a laugh.

She also highlighted that if she ever played a video game, she would always select Hsieh’s character. She feels that the Chinese player has a great sense of shot selection and makes some good choices on the court.

“She’s one of those players that, for me, if it was a video game, I would want to select her character just to play as her. Because my mind can’t fathom the choices she makes when she’s on the court,” added the 3-time Grand Slam champion.

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“It’s so fun to watch”: Naomi Osaka on Hsieh

Osaka admitted that she just loves to watch Hsieh play. However, she said that it was only fun to watch as she would not like to play like that. “It’s so fun to watch. It’s not fun to play, but it’s really fun to watch,” concluded Osaka.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her second-round match against France’s Caroline Garcia REUTERS/Loren Elliott

It’s certainly going to be an epic encounter when Naomi Osaka finally goes up against Hsieh Su-wei in the quarters. Both players look in incredible form and will surely aim to win the match and advance to the semis.

Will Osaka be able to inch closer towards yet another title or will Hsieh play her first-ever Grand Slam semi-final by beating Osaka on Tuesday.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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