Naomi Osaka rounded off the 2020 season with her second US Open title and ranked third in the WTA year-end standings, trailing Australian Ash Barty at Number 1 and Romanian Simona Halep at 2.
Naomi Osaka won her second US Open title in 2020
While she didn’t finish the season as the top-ranked player on the women’s Tour, the Japanese did enough to hog the spotlight in 2020.
She was named the top-earning female athlete by Forbes magazine, raking in more than $37 million in prize money and endorsements, the highest ever in a calendar year.
When Osaka made a powerful statement through fashion
Also making headlines with her fashion for a cause, Osaka sported unique face masks at the Flushing Meadows inscribed with messages of support for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
A champion on court and an advocate for fairness and justice off it, the Japanese also made pertinent noise in matters beyond tennis.
However, coming back to her tennis, the three-time Grand Slam winner gave a hint of how she intends to dominate the women’s circuit in the new season with her title-winning run at the US Open.
Osaka would want to start new season with Grand Slam win
As the new season arrives, Osaka will be determined to rise from the disappointment of not being able to defend her 2019 Australian Open title this year and land her second championship trophy at the imposing Rod Laver Arena.
This year she made the third round of Australian Open before losing to rising American teen Coco Gauff.
With comfortable wins over Czech Marie Bouzkova and Zheng Saisai of China, Osaka had raised visions of a second straight win at the Rod Laver Arena. However, it all came apart in the showdown against the American.
More than the third-round exit, the manner of defeat will rankle as the Japanese went down in straight sets.
Come the new season, Osaka would look to atone for her 2020 miss and start the new season with another Grand Slam win.