Naomi Osaka makes a huge impression after blowing the reigning U.S. Open champ off the court.
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK — On Tuesday, Naomi Osaka — born to Haitian father and Japanese mother — defeated U.S. Open defending champ Angelique Kerber at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 29, 2017
According to BBC, Osaka ran the court with a 6-3, 6-1 win. Yet, Angelique Kerber had nothing but great things to say about her opponent.
“She just goes for it. I think she took the chances and she played a very good match. But for me, it was for sure not the best day and not the best match.”
— Muguruza ♥️ Iheb ♥️ (@IAkouby) August 30, 2017
Here’s a post-match interview with Naomi.
Not long ago, Serena Williams even endorsed Naomi by saying she’s watched the 19-year-old play and was very impressed. During an interview, Serena mentioned that Osaka is “really aggressive” and “very dangerous” as an athlete.
USA Today Sports reports her ability as follows.
“Osaka recorded a 125 mph serve at the 2016 U.S. Open, a speed that only eight women ever have topped. Given that most players become more powerful as they get older, that should scare opponents.”
— WTA (@WTA) August 29, 2017
The source states that, while growing up, she saw Serena as an athletic mentor of sorts. And although Naomi hasn’t faced her as an opponent, she did play and lose against Williams’ sister, Venus, in the third round of Wimbledon this year.
Nevertheless, it’s all Black Girl Magic, right?…
Speaking on topic, via an interview with USA Today Sports, Naomi notes that — given her name — people are surprised she’s Black.
“I can understand way more Japanese than I can speak. And when I go to Japan people are confused. From my name, they don’t expect to see a black girl.”
— harumi＊um (@harumium_open) August 27, 2017
However, Black success isn’t limited to any particular image. That’s what the world needs to realize.
So, definitely, good for Naomi Osaka — a rising star.
If you’re interested in Naomi’s highlights from her match, you can watch them below.
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