Naomi Osaka on her future goals after winning Grand Slam title No. 4 at the Australian Open

Osaka has become the dominant force in women’s tennis (Picture: TPN/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka has already won four Grand Slam titles by the age of 23 and the sky appears to be the limit.

Major title No. 4 arrived on Saturday as she brushed off the challenge of first-time Slam finalist Jennifer Brady to win a second Australian Open. She has now won four of the past nine majors.

Mats Wilander, the seven-time Slam champion from Sweden, said after the match he expects Osaka to reach a ‘minimum’ of 10 Grand Slam titles but she is not looking far beyond No. 5.

‘Yeah, for me, I’m taking it in sections,’ said Osaka after the 6-4 6-3 win. ‘For right now, I’m trying to go for five. You know, after five I would think about maybe dividing the ten, so maybe seven or eight.

‘I like to take things not big-picture. For me, I like to live in the moment. You know, it’s an honour that he said that, of course.

‘But I don’t want to weigh myself down with pressure and expectations. I know that the people that I’m playing against are the best players in the world, and, you know, if my time comes to win another Grand Slam, it will come.

Osaka is eyeing more success (Picture: TPN/Getty)

‘But for right now I can only control what I can control, and that’s working hard and giving myself opportunities.’

In the immediate, she made it clear she’s targeting a first non-hard court major win at this year’s French Open.

Asked whether she thought she’d get a breakthrough on clay or grass first, having failed to get beyond round three to date, she replied: ‘Hopefully clay because it’s the one that’s sooner.

‘For me, I feel like I have to get comfortable on those surfaces. That’s the key thing that, you know, I didn’t play juniors, so I didn’t grow up playing on grass at all.

‘So I honestly think I’d have better luck on clay, because I think last year I didn’t play bad at all. It’s just something that I have to get more used to.’

Beyond winning Grand Slam titles, longevity and inspiring a future generation of tennis stars is top of Osaka’s wishlist.

‘Me, I feel like the biggest thing that I want to achieve is – this is going to sound really odd, but hopefully I play long enough to play a girl that said that I was once her favorite player or something,’ she added.

‘For me, I think that’s the coolest thing that could ever happen to me. I think I have those feelings of, you know, watching my favorite players. Unfortunately I didn’t get to play Li Na, but, yeah, I just think that that’s how the sport moves forward.’

Osaka pipped Brady to the title (Picture: Icon Sportswire via Getty)

After becoming the third player to win her first four Grand Slam finals, Osaka finds herself in elite company along with Roger Federer and Monica Seles.

‘That’s very amazing company,’ she said. ‘I hope that I can, you know, have, like, one grain of how their career has unfolded.

‘But, you know, you can only wish and you can only just keep going down your own path. But, yeah, it’s definitely something crazy to hear.’

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