Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka has recently become the sensation in the sports world after she defeated her idol Serena Williams in the US Open finals. Born on 16 October 1997 in Osaka, Japan, she lives in Florida, the US now. She is the first Japanese tennis player to win a grand slam title. She came to notice at the age of 16 in 2014 when she defeated the former US Open champion Samantha Stosur at the Bank of the West Classic. Before winning the US Open title, Naomi also defeated former world no. 1 Maria Sharapova in the first round of Indian Wells tournament in March this year. The US Open title has taken her on a high fly in her ranking. She has reached her career-high ranking of world no. 7 as of now.
Born to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Naomi has a sister, Mari Osaka, who also plays professional tennis. Naomi’s Japanese grandfather, who was furious at her mother when he found out about her romantic relationship with a black man, said that he cried after watching his granddaughter playing in the finals of the US Open. He stated, “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 and also hope she wins at the Tokyo Olympics.”
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20-year old tennis champion has also revealed that she has a celebrity crush with Michael B. Jordan. Talking in The Ellen Show, she made the revelation to the show host, Ellen DeGeneres. The shy tennis champion admitted it in the show and blushed when Ellen told her that she could call Jordan then and set up a meeting if she wanted. Too lovely and innocent the 20-year champ is!
The final match controversy
The final match between Naomi and Serena got into a controversy after the chair umpire warned Serena for receiving alleged coaching during the match that she denied. The 23 Grand Slams title winner lost her temper after she was accused of cheating during the match and was penalized a game for verbal abuse and smashing her racket. She lost the match to Naomi in straight sets and the world got a new and young US Open Champion.
The new US Open champion defeated the defending champion Angelique Kerber in the first round. Naomi has gone through several losses in major tournaments in the first and second round before emerging as the Grand Slam tournament champion. Naomi has raked in $7.32 million in prize money so far from the tournaments with lofty $3.8 million from the US Open.