WTA Finals Singapore 2018

Osaka must have 'play to win' mentality: coach Bajin

Naomi Osaka's German coach Sascha Bajin congratulating his protege after the Japanese stunned former world No. 1 Serena Williams in the final of the US Open last month to win her maiden Grand Slam title.
Naomi Osaka's German coach Sascha Bajin congratulating his protege after the Japanese stunned former world No. 1 Serena Williams in the final of the US Open last month to win her maiden Grand Slam title.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

For a measure of how famous Naomi Osaka is, look no further than how her coach Sascha Bajin is received in Japan.

Walking into Shake Shack in Tokyo for a burger, the 34-year-old German was stunned to be greeted with waves and hellos from the staff.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'Osaka must have 'play to win' mentality: coach Bajin'. Print Edition | Subscribe