Naomi Osaka TEA TIME - Welcome to the BUZZ
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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Osaka
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.