Naomi Osaka has set an ambitious world ranking target after losing the Miami Open final to Iga Świątek.
Świątek defeated Osaka 6-4, 6-0 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, earning her third consecutive WTA 1000 title.
The 20-year-old joins just Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as the only players to win three successive WTA 1000 titles in a single year.
She also is one of only four female tennis players to win the ‘Sunshine Double’ – Indian Wells and the Miami Open – alongside Stefi Graf, Kim Clijsters, and Victoria Azarenka.
Świątek has been in scintillating form in 2022, and she has now risen up to world number one following Ashleigh Barty’s retirement.
Her year so far is in contrast to Naomi Osaka’s, who has been inconsistent since returning to the court after a four month break.
The Japanese star stepped away from tennis after crashing out of the US Open in the third round in September, citing mental health struggles. As a result, she fell down the WTA rankings and now sits at world number 77.
Osaka triumphed in her first three matches of 2022, dropping just one set while playing at the Melbourne Summer Set.
She then lost in the third round of the Australian Open, before exiting Indian Wells in the second round.
The 24-year-old picked up her form again at the Miami Open, and she’s now revealed she hopes to regain her place at the top of the world rankings.
“By the end of this year I would love to be top 10,” she said. “By next year I would love to be the number one… oh, that’s a big statement.”
“Close to…top five. Erase that. Top five. You know what? I’m going to set that goal. Top one, yeah, number one.”
Osaka first rose to number one in January 2019, remaining at the top for six months. She was then usurped by Barty, but became number one again in August and September 2019.
Barty then rose to the top once again and stayed there, holding off the challenge from Osaka until she slipped out of the top 10.
With Barty now retired, Osaka will instead be hoping to challenge her Miami Open final opponent Świątek for the world number one title.