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Todd Woodbridge: “Naomi Osaka plays Serena Williams style”

In an interview to Tennismash, the former world No. 1 doubles player Todd Woobdridge praised Naomi Osaka’s US Open win and also analyzed Serena Williams’s outburst with the umpire Carlos Ramos.

“The hardest part for a young athlete is to maintain the mental innocence once they have so much thrown at them off the court”, Woobridge said.

“It’ll be what the people around her are able to do to keep her the same way that she is – with that lovely demeanour about just getting out there and playing and laughing and having a bit of fun away from the court.

“Because now everybody wants a piece of her. What’s going to be challenging for her I think over the next few years is to be able to find ways to win when she’s not playing her best. And that has been the biggest issue in women’s tennis, is the consistency of their champions.

“For her and her game style – she’s going for it. She’s playing Serena style. She has to learn and watch how Serena’s been able to hang in and dominate in that way.”

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