With a chance for everybody to calm down and get some sleep, I hope Naomi Osaka’s 2018 US Open champion’s photocall at Top of the Rock is step one in the process of celebrating what the young 20 year old earned, and leaving behind any controversy that stains the memory of her achievement. Those of us that follow tennis week in and week out have had our eye on Naomi for a long time. It looked as though she had broken through when she won Indian Wells earlier this year, but then she had a summer hard-court season where she was not good at all. But maybe she is similar to Sloane Stephens in that she will bring her best in the biggest moments. At this point, nobody cares how she lost in Cincinnati, when she followed that up by winning the US Open.
Speaking of winning the US Open, congratulations to Xiyu Wang on winning the 2018 US Open Junior Girls title. The 17-year old from China is coming off a Girls Junior doubles title a few months ago with partner Xinyu Wang, also from China. Last year, she partnered with Lea Boskovic of Croatia to finish runner-up at the 2017 US Open. But on this day she stands alone as champion after defeating Clara Burel of France, 7-6 (4) 6-2.
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