China Open 2019: Naomi Osaka reveals her father's 'it's not rocket science' phrase triggers her to success

Naomi Osaka said that having her father as her coach had been 'nostalgic' and revealed on Tuesday that one of his favourite phrases to her is, 'It's not rocket science.'

Agence France-Presse October 01, 2019 16:05:09 IST
China Open 2019: Naomi Osaka reveals her father's 'it's not rocket science' phrase triggers her to success
  • Osaka has dispensed with two coaches this year, leaving her Haitian father, Leonard Francois, as the person to guide her.

  • World No 4 Osaka has won the Pan Pacific Open on home soil and on Tuesday emphatically reaching the last 16 of the China Open.

  • Osaka breezed past Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-0 into the last 16 of the China Open.

Beijing: Naomi Osaka said that having her father as her coach had been "nostalgic" and revealed on Tuesday that one of his favourite phrases to her is, "It's not rocket science."

China Open 2019 Naomi Osaka reveals her fathers its not rocket science phrase triggers her to success

File image of Naomi Osaka. AP

The 21-year-old Japanese has dispensed with two coaches this year, leaving her Haitian father, Leonard Francois, as the person to guide her.

It has proved a successful combination so far, the World No 4 winning the Pan Pacific Open on home soil and on Tuesday emphatically reaching the last 16 of the China Open.

"It feels like it took me back a little bit because he's always been around, but he's been in the shadows for the most part," said the two-time Grand Slam champion, after breezing past Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-0 in Beijing.

"I would say he is a person that knows my game the most.

"He's the person that knows the trigger words, whether good or bad. Definitely it's been very nostalgic.

"I think we're getting along good."

Asked what those "trigger words" were, Osaka replied with a smile: "He likes saying, 'It's not rocket science', which is triggering."

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