Young Naomi Osaka (*1997 / JPN) has shown her enormous tennis potential already twice in 2016. During the 2016 US Open, she advanced all the way to the 3rd round where she was leading 5/2 in the 3rd set against a top 10 player Madison Keys (USA) to eventually lose this 3rd set 6/7. Just a few weeks later, she has made it all the way to the finals of the Tokyo WTA tournament while beating with Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) and Elina Svitolina (UKR) two top 20 players on her way.
Tall Naomi (180cm / 5’11”) whose mother is from Japan and father originates from Haiti can be currently probably best described as an aggressive baseliner with a quite dominant service. In this article, we are going to look in detail at her service from her winning 2nd round 2016 US Open match against Ying-Ying Duan (CHN). In the well-executed services, like the ones shown below, Naomi correctly fulfills all the essential Service 3.0 (of Tennis 3.0) requirements. Certain distinct improvements bringing higher margin and better efficiency would be still possible though. Some of the main aspects to work on are mainly around the rather arm-power forced pronation, which is quite normal when proper pronation was introduced to the player later in the career. The entire “pronation complex” should become a bit more fluid (with better contraction-relaxation coordination) over the time to make an optimal transfer/unloading of the body energy into the stroke of the helix form possible. Also, the ball toss is still missing on more stability and the topspin serve is not fully developed yet.
Naomi is then definitely a player to look for in the future!!
This article covers certain aspects of Naomi Osaka’s service and service in general only! Further extensive photo galleries and more details (inclusive improvement possibilities/suggestions) about her service and other strokes as well as about the strokes of other players are available upon request at drmgb11(at)gmail.com. Some significant details of this kind, necessary for a peak tennis performance as well as for a sustainable tennis training/development in general, are being discussed also in the seminar “TENNIS 3.0 – Future of the Game”, which is available worldwide upon request – www.tennis30.com / www.tennis30.cz
Photos (August 2016) & text (November 2016) copyright by Dr. Martin G. Baroch. Any further publication of either any of the photos and/or texts with the explicit written permission issued by the author/copyright owner only!!