Naomi Osaka TEA TIME - Wel­come to the BUZZ

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Some may have come to know the ris­ing star Naomi Osaka for her first Grand Slam ti­tle at the 2018 U.S. Open and con­tro­veral win against the queen, Serna Wil­liams. How­ever, she first came to promi­nence at the age of 16 when she de­feated for­mer U.S. Open cham­pion Sa­man­tha Sto­sur at the 2014 Bank of the West Clas­sic, which was her first time in the main draw of a WTA tour­na­ment.

GQ Magazine re­ports, Osaka en­ter­ing the WTA tour­na­ment un­seeded, hav­ing never won a WTA ti­tle be­fore. But in the heat of the desert, she pro­ceeded—ef­fi­ciently and al­most cru­elly—to dis­man­tle op­po­nents at their own game. First, the 20-year-old stunned for­mer no. 1 player Maria Shara­pova in straight sets with her pre­cise and pow­er­ful serve. (Shara­pova would part ways with her coach af­ter that match.) Later, she took out Karolína Plíšková, an­other for­mer no. 1, with a un­re­lent­ing series of crush­ing fore­hands from the base­line.

Time Magazine writes, “Ris­ing ten­nis star Naomi Osaka just won her first Grand Slam ti­tle at the 2018 U.S. Open, but her win was not with­out con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the penal­ties meted out to Ser­ena Wil­liams by the match’s um­pire. In the wake of the highly an­tic­i­pated fi­nal, where Wil­liams was docked a point and then an en­tire game be­fore Osaka beat her to take the ti­tle, both Wil­liams and Osaka ended up in tears. Now, Osaka has weighed in on some of the emo­tions she was feel­ing at the tro­phy cer­e­mony where she apol­o­gized to the crowd.”

She told TO­DAY, “I just felt very emo­tional, and I felt like I had to apol­o­gize.” “I felt a lit­tle bit sad be­cause I wasn’t re­ally sure if they were boo­ing at me or if it wasn’t the out­come that they wanted.” She added that the win was bit­ter­sweet for her, too, be­cause she has been a fan of Ser­ena her en­tire life and knew how badly the crowd wanted her to win, so I was just emo­tional out there.” You can find her apol­ogy at Source:

Osaka and her sis­ter Mari, who is also a pro­fes­sional ten­nis player, have played to­gether in dou­bles. Osaka moved at the age of three with her fam­ily to the United States where she cur­rently re­sides in Florida. She grad­u­ated from El­mont Alden Ter­race Pri­mary and Broward Vir­tual High School. Her ten­nis club was the Harold Solomon In­sti­tute (Florida Ten­nis SBT Academy), ProWorld Ten­nis Academy.

Af­ter her win against Ser­ena Wil­liams, Osaka’s grand­fa­ther stated that he wept watch­ing his grand­daugh­ter on tele­vi­sion. “It still hasn’t sunk in for me yet. The mo­ment she won, my wife and I re­joiced to­gether. I was so happy, I cried,” he told pub­lic broad­caster NHK. “I hope she stays healthy and con­tin­ues her good work. I also hope she wins at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020,” he said.

Osaka has been de­scribed as Ja­panese, Amer­i­can, Ja­panese-Amer­i­can, Amer­i­can-Ja­panese, Haitian-Ja­panese, and Haitian-Amer­i­can-Ja­panese. Be­ing raised in the United States while hav­ing a mother who is Ja­panese and a father who is Haitian-Amer­i­can con­trib­utes to Osaka’s multi-eth­nic iden­tity. She has dual Ja­panese and Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship; how­ever, not fully flu­ent in Ja­panese.

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