Naomi Osaka is already the best Japanese player of all time and is becoming a celebrity in her home country.
Naomi Osaka reaches N0.4 in WTA ranking, equaling highest mark for a Japanese player.
She won the 2018 US Open, defeating 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the final, and becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.
Her idol since childhood has always been Serena Williams. That is why in the two times she faced Serena saw her reflection in Naomi but younger.
Naomi Osaka has an aggressive playing style, with a powerful serve that can reach 125 miles per hour (200 km/h).
Naomi Osaka may be the brightest young talent in tennis and she is a peculiar tennis player doing different things than other tennis player.
On practice days, Osaka is on the court for four hours. Then she goes home and plays four, sometimes five hours of video games. The game, a shooter where two teams of six square off, is composed of colorful cartoon characters, each corresponding to a class. Naomi Osaka prefers the defensive characters “healers,” who support their teammates with medical aid. She said at the same time,
“Like, I’m not that great at attacking,” “My aim is not that amazing, so I’d just rather be a shield or something.”
She doesn’t consider as a fairly aggressive and more offensive.
FACTS ABOUT NAOMI OSAKA:
- She signed on with the Japanese Tennis Association in September 2013 when she was 16 years old, at which point she began playing professionally.
- She has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. She grew up in New York, and now lives with her family in Florida, where she trains.
- She understands Japanese but, she can not speak Japanese fluently.
- She loves playing Pokemon.
- She considers her match against Serena Williams a dream come true.
- Naomi already faced Serena at the Miami Open and she won. But this was just after Serena giving birth to baby, so she was not in her best fit.
- She got from 110,000 followers to 645,000 in Instagram, after her victory against Serena Williams.