Naomi Osaka can ‘smell the big moment and go in for the kill,’ says Boris Becker, who has likened her to Novak Djokovic.
The Japanese ace was in brilliant form at the Australian Open, winning the competition with some genuinely dominant performances, not least in overpowering Serena Williams in the semi-finals.
And that, says Becker, is very reminiscent of ATP world number one Djokovic.
“In terms of her tennis success it has been largely limited to hardcourts, but I am sure she will win Wimbledon one day,” Becker said of Osaka in his Daily Mail column.
“She is much more likely to triumph there than at the French Open with the way she plays.
“She just has to learn how to play on grass, because she has the natural weapons to excel on it.
What I also like about her is that she seems able to smell the big moment and go in for the kill, like Novak Djokovic.”
Osaka has won the last two majors that she has played and Becker believes she has emerged as the dominant force on the WTA Tour.
“Naomi Osaka is becoming more than just a tennis player, and that is great for women’s tennis.
“Their side of the game has been crying out for a leader to take over from Serena Williams, and she has arrived.
“Not just a player who looks better than the pack right now, but as a confident young woman prepared to speak out on wider issues – she is looking like a genuine superstar.”
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