Naomi Osaka says she is motivated by making history, and she has a special target in mind for the year.
Osaka already has a US Open title and an Australian Open title to her name after a rise to prominence on the WTA Tour over the last 18 months or so.
A big part of that has been her apparent ice-cool mentality, but she says she is certainly not short on motivation.
“For me, I just feel like I like to try break history, or make history,” Osaka told the Nikkei Asian Review.
“When someone says to me, ‘No one has done this before,’ that immediately becomes my goal.
Osaka has already made a little history, becoming just the second Asian woman to win a Grand Slam, but she has another target in mind for 2020.
“The Olympics come every four years, and [there] are four [Grand Slam titles] every year.
“When I was a kid growing up, I would usually dream about winning a gold medal. I think every athlete is the same way.”
“I always represent Japan when I play. [The Olympics] are definitely one of the biggest group events. I have never played in them before.”
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