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Evert: Osaka is ‘a potential champion for years to come’

World No.1 Naomi Osaka was the only tennis player to make TIME Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People, and earned high praise from WTA legend Chris Evert. 

The 21-year-old was included in the annual who’s who of the most influential people in the world assembled by the American magazine, released on Wednesday, with the forward to her entry written by the 18-time Grand Slam champion Evert.

“Rookie Grand Slam tournament champs often fall short at their next major. All Naomi Osaka did was conquer the world again,” Evert wrote.

“If she had wilted, no one would have blinked…She had her U.S. Open moment to fall back on. But no—Osaka controlled her mind and let her superior power do the work. She won another Slam.”

The WTA legend also praised Osaka’s ability to transcend not her sport, but the current state of society.

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