Tennis Podcast: Is Naomi Osaka ready to defend her US Open title?

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Osaka has been struggling with a knee problem - REUTERS
Osaka has been struggling with a knee problem - REUTERS

Twelve months ago, Naomi Osaka shot to worldwide fame by beating Serena Williams in the US Open final. Now, after a year of considerable ups and downs, the Japanese World No.1 returns to New York looking to defend her title. On The Tennis Podcast, presenters Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime Video, Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) discuss Osaka’s frame of mind ahead of the event.

How will Osaka cope with the experience of defending a Grand Slam title for the first time? Will the knee injury she sustained in Cincinnati be a factor? And what does it say about sport and its pressures that, despite her success, Osaka seems quite sad?

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Elsewhere, there’s chat about all the other leading contenders. How is Roger Federer feeling after his devastating defeat in the Wimbledon final, and how does he compare his fitness levels to this time last year? In what way has Jo Konta been talking up her chances? And are Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on a final collision course?

Finally, Law and Whitaker look ahead to a number of exciting first round matches, headlined by Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova. Will the match live up to the hype? And which player will rise to the occasion the best?

The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year, in association with The Telegraph. There will be daily editions throughout the US Open.

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