Osaka has been touted as a top player for a few years now, the ferocious tennis unleashed on the courts at Flushing Meadows has been in her artillery for a couple of seasons.
Rewind just two years to the Pan Pacific Open and Osaka stormed into the final in Tokyo as a teenage wildcard, eventually falling to Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3, to truly announce herself on the WTA Tour.
"The coolest thing"
This time last year the Japanese star had chalked up an impressive collection of consistency at the highest level, reaching the third round at all the majors.
However, it is the past six months that have launched Osaka into prominence to lead the ‘Next Gen’ to dominate the next decade.
GQ magazine published a shoot with Osaka back in March, highlighting her unique style, comical social media posts and witty remarks. They posed the question, "Naomi Osaka is the coolest thing in tennis, but can she be the sport’s next champion?”
Well, lifting the trophy at Indian Wells sent out a signal that Osaka was ready to challenge and clinch the prestigious prizes.