Tags: Osaka, Naomi (1997- )

A New Generation of Rulers in Women’s Tennis

It was once again Serena Williams’s decade, but the last year of the 2010s was not her year, though she made her presence and power felt by reaching two Grand Slam finals. In 2019, the biggest moments and most prestigious trophies belonged to players much younger than Williams, who turned 38 in September. The emergence…

Osaka vs. Andreescu: Tennis Rivalry in the Making?

Women’s tennis has so much going for it: new stars from different continents, week-to-week suspense, and grande dame Serena Williams’s ongoing quest for a 24th major singles title. What the women’s game lacks is the same element it has lacked for far too many years: a transcendent, long-running rivalry. That is why Friday’s quarterfinal at…

In Tennis, Hugging at the Net Is the New Handshake

Not that long ago, Naomi Osaka was struggling to adapt to the shifting tradition in tennis of using hugs instead handshakes as the gesture of grace at the end of a match. “I’m told that I give out the worst hugs,” Osaka said last year, after winning the United States Open at 20 years old.…