Infotainment Factory: 'She could win another big title': Fed backs Osaka

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

'She could win another big title': Fed backs Osaka


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Roger Federer has offered a shining appraisal of US Open champion Naomi Osaka a day after she made the heartbreaking admission that she had been trying to forget her “bittersweet” grand slam victory.

The Swiss maestro had largely remained out of the debate, save for some diplomatic words, surrounding Serena Williams’ on-court meltdown in which she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after she was issued three code-violations.

But on Wednesday Federer seemed to shift his support in favour of the young starlet.

“I think she is a champion in the sense that she doesn’t shy away from the big stage,” he said speaking at a promotional event for Japanese clothing company Uniqlo.

“Indian Wells is the second biggest tennis court we have in the world and the US Open is the biggest one.

“She succeeded in both of them and that shows a winner’s mentality.”

 “I think winning Indian Wells helped her to believe that she could also win another big title.”

On Tuesday Osaka revealed that winning her first grand slam title was “not the happiest memory” in her blooming career.

“For me, I don’t know, I don’t know, the memory of the US Open is a little bit bittersweet,” she said.

“Right after, the day after, I really didn’t want to think about it because it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory for me.

“I wanted to just push it to the side…I just sort of wanted to move on at that point.”

“Of course I’m happy that I won a Grand Slam, I don’t think there’s anything that can take away from that… but I feel like it was so strange, I didn’t just want to think about it.

Williams under fire after US Open meltdown

The 20-year-old most recently did away with American Danielle Rose Collins in straight sets at the China Open.

She will face Germany’s Julia Gorges in the fourth-round tomorrow.

Roger Federer has offered a shining appraisal of US Open champion Naomi Osaka a day after she made the heartbreaking admission that she had been trying to forget her “bittersweet” grand slam victory.

The Swiss maestro had largely remained out of the debate, save for some diplomatic words, surrounding Serena Williams’ on-court meltdown in which she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after she was issued three code-violations.

But on Wednesday Federer seemed to shift his support in favour of the young starlet.

“I think she is a champion in the sense that she doesn’t shy away from the big stage,” he said speaking at a promotional event for Japanese clothing company Uniqlo.

“Indian Wells is the second biggest tennis court we have in the world and the US Open is the biggest one.

“She succeeded in both of them and that shows a winner’s mentality.”

 “I think winning Indian Wells helped her to believe that she could also win another big title.”

On Tuesday Osaka revealed that winning her first grand slam title was “not the happiest memory” in her blooming career.

“For me, I don’t know, I don’t know, the memory of the US Open is a little bit bittersweet,” she said.

“Right after, the day after, I really didn’t want to think about it because it wasn’t necessarily the happiest memory for me.

“I wanted to just push it to the side…I just sort of wanted to move on at that point.”

“Of course I’m happy that I won a Grand Slam, I don’t think there’s anything that can take away from that… but I feel like it was so strange, I didn’t just want to think about it.

Williams under fire after US Open meltdown

The 20-year-old most recently did away with American Danielle Rose Collins in straight sets at the China Open.

She will face Germany’s Julia Gorges in the fourth-round tomorrow.

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