Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova chase fairytale ending to Australian Open

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Sascha Bajin, for seven years a hitting partner for Serena Williams, is the sort of tennis insider who brings weight to any conversation and, in guiding the career of Naomi Osaka, he has moved from one legend to someone who may become one herself.

ascha Bajin, for seven years a hitting partner for Serena Williams, is the sort of tennis insider who brings weight to any conversation and, in guiding the career of Naomi Osaka, he has moved from one legend to someone who may become one herself.

“I want her to approach the match like she approached [Karolina] Pliskova,” the coach said, in reference to the way Osaka survived a strong fightback to break down the cultured resistance of the Czech in the semi-final, after Pliskova had taken out Williams in the quarters.

“Petra’s also a big server but the opposite, because she’s a lefty. Same mindset though.”

Bajin was a fringe player who became an excellent coach and he lifted an eyebrow when it was suggested he was reversing a trend in the sport for “super-coaches” – former players such as Ivan Lendl and Stefan Edberg.

“They were incredible players. I have nothing but the utmost respect for them,” he said. “But I do believe if you’re a player you have to be very selfish and you have to be very selfish for a very long time.

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