Her career fortnight started in August and ended with a first Grand Slam title: behind your votes, Naomi Osaka is the latest WTA Player of the Month.
WTA Staff
September 14, 2018

She's a newly-minted Grand Slam champion, Top 10 player and global star - and now, Naomi Osaka can add another title to the list: Player of the Month. 

Osaka earned your votes for the month of August after a sizzling two weeks in New York, where she became the first player, male or female, from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title.

The 20-year-old powered her way through the fortnight with the loss of just one set, culminating with a victory over her idol and 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the final. 

Over the course of the fortnight, Osaka defeated Laura Siegemund, Julia Glushko, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko and 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys to claim her place in the final.

Champions Corner: Osaka sets sights on Singapore debut

Despite being vaulted into stardom on the world stage, the Japanese No.1 told reporters after her victory that she intends to remain grounded headed into the Asian swing - where her next tournament will be on home soil in Tokyo.

"I'm just going to take it one step at a time. I'm not going to really think too far ahead," Osaka said.

"I don't think you can win a Grand Slam and not be confident in yourself, but that's not my immediate mindset. I think for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game. Professional tennis players, sometimes, I think we lose sight of that."

She not only soared into the Top 10 of the WTA rankings, but also to No.4 in the Porsche Race to Singapore as a result of her victory.

Osaka edged Coupe Rogers champion Simona Halep, US Open finalist Williams, and Western & Southern Open champion Kiki Bertens to top this month's ballot. 

Read more: 'It still feels surreal' - Osaka makes rounds on Ellen, TODAY

Final Results for August's WTA Player of the Month

1. Naomi Osaka 
2. Simona Halep
3. Serena Williams 
4. Kiki Bertens


How it works:

Finalists are selected by wtatennis.com
Winner is then determined by a fan vote on wtatennis.com
 

Previous WTA Players of the Month for 2018
January: Simona Halep
February: Petra Kvitova
March: Naomi Osaka
April: Karolina Pliskova
May: Simona Halep
June: Petra Kvitova
July: Angelique Kerber