Seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin says Naomi Osaka is an entire participant and the chief in girls’s tennis proper now.
Osaka already has 4 Slam titles to her title aged 23 and Henin believes the influential Japanese participant may dominate the ladies’s sport for years to come back.
“I am actually rather more constructive than I used to be two years in the past as a result of that I really feel that we now have some stability in girls’s tennis,” she advised Sky Sports activities.
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“I feel with Osaka we now have somebody who can actually lead the ladies’s sport within the subsequent few years.
“When she received her first US Open and Australian Open the whole lot appeared new for her and he or she took some time to imagine her standing as a result of when she grew to become primary it was actually robust for her. She was actually shy and it was sophisticated.
“As a participant I believed she was spectacular already however she has improved bodily, she’s shifting actually, actually quick and he or she’s a lot better on the courtroom now. The velocity and velocity of the forehand is kind of wonderful. She will be able to do a little bit of the whole lot.
“She has nice imaginative and prescient and he or she has improved mentally. On the Australian Open she saved two match factors towards Garbine Muguruza.
“Her serve jogs my memory a little bit of Serena Williams who typically wasn’t enjoying so nicely however instances when she needed to play nicely she was doing it.
Naomi is charismatic and an entire participant. She performs quick, she’s constant, and he or she has bodily improved lots, so I am very impressed by the extent of the sport she will attain.
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Henin believes the extent of competitors has improved enormously on the high of the ladies’s sport and Serena Williams, 39, may discover it difficult to elevate a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
She added: “I feel it may be actually, actually laborious additionally as a result of she is a mum now and emotionally she has modified. She nonetheless has that fireside in her stomach, however is it the identical because it was earlier than when there was solely tennis in her life? That is additionally a little bit of a query.
“I feel she needs to be there. She nonetheless has the eagerness however now she’s a mum, she has various things to cope with and that adjustments life. At practically 40 to nonetheless be there, I like her lots, however it may be robust.”
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