Naomi Osaka, the Japanese professional tennis remembers her win over Serena Williams in the US Open finals of 2018. Additionally, Serena is no less than an inspiration for the world number ten.
The former world number one Naomi Osaka believes that her win over Serena was like an out of the world experience. In a conversation with an American basketball player, Mikey Williams, Osaka said, “It feels really great and crazy because you grow up watching them. Just for them to be seeing you as an opponent is very surreal.”
Besides, the win is also memorable for Naomi Osaka as it was her first Grand Slam win of the career.
Moreover, in the conversation, Naomi Osaka also added, “I feel like I dreamed of the moment. And for it to happen in real life was definitely an out-of-this-world experience. Whatever sport you play, you are compared to the person you are most similar to. And for me, it was always Serena.”
“Athletes Are Afraid Of Losing Sponsors Whenever They Speak Out “- Naomi Osaka
Besides being a tennis professional, the 22-year-old Naomi Osaka is also not afraid of voicing her opinions on social issues. Recently in the Black Lives Matter incident, Osaka was very open with her opinions. Additionally, the Japanese believe that as athletes, it is integral to give opinions on issues that are of significance.
She said, “I think athletes are afraid of losing sponsors whenever they speak out. For me, that was really true. Because most of my sponsors are Japanese. They probably have no idea what I am talking about. But there comes a time when you feel like you gotta speak on what is right and what is important.”
Additionally, Naomi was also named as the highest-earning female athlete. Now, Osaka will be competing in the Western and Southern Open. Besides, she will also play her one of the favorites in the US Open, beginning on August 31st.