Wow, did you catch all the tennis drama over the weekend? What began as a “slightest of hand gestures” by a coach in the stands soon ended in “chaos, recrimination and, oh, yes, Naomi Osaka’s remarkable upset victory.” Yes, the 20-year old Naomi Osaka, described as “shy” and grew up “admiring and emulating Williams”, was up 6-2 in the first set, ready to pull of a huge upset victory for the Grand Slam title.
Serena was visibly frustrated, so when Carlos Ramos, the “notoriously strict chair umpire,” called a code violation for coaching after Patrick Mouratoglou (Serena’s coach) made a slight wobbling motion with his two hands (as if to remind Williams how to move), Serena’s in-the-moment Empirical, Animate “feelings” kicked in, and it was all downhill from there. Williams approached the chair and said to Ramos, “One thing I’ve never done is cheat, ever. If he gives me a thumbs up he’s telling me to, ‘Come on.’ I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know.” (After hundreds of matches, you’d think she would have told the coach by now don’t give me coaching hand signals?)
Williams returned to play in the second set by breaking Osaka’s serve, which could have been a turning point, only to hit a backhand into the net for an unforced error. Osaka came back to win the next game, and that’s when Williams racket came firing down, destroying it. It was an automatic code violation, and because it was Williams’ second, Osaka gained a point for the next game. Serena apparently forgot this rule, so when she saw the scoreboard, she returned to Ramos with more words to say. “You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right for her and I have never cheated. You owe me an apology.” After some more bantering, Williams stated, “And you stole a point from me, you’re a thief, too.” Ramos threw in a third violation, which is a loss of a game, and soon the match was over.
The crowd booed, and when the M.C. started to speak to congratulate Naomi Osaka, they continued with loud boos. Osaka pulled her visor over her face again and cried. “Seeing that, Williams put her arm around Osaka and said something to ease the tension. When it was her turn to speak to the crowd, she implored the fans to stop booing and to laud Osaka’s achievement.”
Let’s now forget the match and instead focus on Ms. Osaka. Can anyone guess her inborn Brain Type? She is unique, not just in the world, but in the world of tennis. In fact, we had to pull out Niednagel’s old “Your Key To Sports Success” to double-check and make sure that, yes, we have never witnessed her Brain Type on the female tennis circuit ever before. Consider, she’s quiet, has a powerful ground stroke, and in her interviews she often is a woman of few words. In fact, after she beat Serena, Osaka “giggled, fidgeted and rambled, before admitting ‘this is probably going to be the worst acceptance speech of all time’. Osaka is one of just a few women in pro tennis with a forehand shot clocked at more than 100 miles per hour. How does she do it? As one sports scientist observes, she “grabs the throat of her racket with her left hand. This seemingly innocuous gesture starts a sequence of motion that will muster her incredible forces and release them into a thunderous shot … Having both hands on the racket helps create a singular movement of shoulders and hips away from the ball, called a unit turn.” At this point, our readers should be honing in on her inborn BT.
Osaka is a #2 BEAR. As we hinted earlier, this design has only been seen on the men’s tour, and rarely at that. Bjorn Borg shared this inborn makeup. Often times, #2s lack the passion, energy, and discipline required to be the best at tennis, and we have no doubt Osaka’s nurturing in Japan played a large part in her success. We’ll be talking more of her in the future, but for now, congratulations to Naomi Osaka for a match well-played, and for keeping her head in the game despite Serena’s emotional, child-like breakdown.
By the way, Mouratoglou later admitted he was coaching Serena, though he added that all coaches do it. Oh well.
Written by: Staff
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