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Naomi Osaka is a picture of poise amid the drama

It wasn't Serena's meltdown that gave Naomi title but superior play

Ummm is how Naomi Osaka, 20, the newly crowned US Open champion, starts sentences.

Ummm represents a minor hesitation in speech and even as she seems shy - "I'm not really a social person," she said - there is something decisive about her game. Think of her forehand as a full stop.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2018, with the headline 'Picture of poise amid the drama'. Print Edition | Subscribe