Naomi Osaka Australian Open 2021

‘I think Naomi Osaka wins at least 10 Grand Slams’, says former star


Mats Wilander says Naomi Osaka has the ability to win several more Grand Slams after the Japanese star collected her fourth Major on Saturday. 

Naomi Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets 6-4 6-3 to win her second Australian Open title and Wilander predicts further success for the dominant hardcourt star.

“She was clearly the best player in this match, she got a bit lucky during the tournament against Muguruza. But she looked so comfortable.

There’s no way you can disturb her and you just see the calm victory celebrations, that tells me something, she was expecting to win and she is going to win a lot more.”

Despite being labelled the queen of the hardcourt following her fourth Grand Slam on this surface in the last six events, Wilander said Osaka still has questions to answer after failing to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon or Roland Garros.

Wilander said: “I think the only question mark for her now is can she get comfortable on clay, and can she get comfortable on grass because then there is four majors she should be able to win.

“At the moment she is the best hard court player we have had in the women’s game since Serena Williams was at her best.

“I think she has 10 Grand Slams in her, minimum, I really do. Of course we know that motivation is important. Physically she moves really well, she’s so strong and she doesn’t look like she can get hurt very easily.”

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