Naomi Osaka made headlines when she defeated Serena Williams in the US Open final in 2018. Her US Open triumph over Serena Williams also marked her maiden Grand Slam title. Osaka recently shed light upon the incident.
Talking about her US Open final win over Serena, Osaka said, “Is it kind of like raising a kid though? Like the kid grows up with you and you’re looking at the kid and you’re like, ‘Wow I’m proud of you’,” as quoted on Tennis World USA.
“Then you’re cooking something in the kitchen and then the kid suddenly comes and cooks better than you. I feel like you would be proud but at the same time, it would make you want to work harder. I don’t know, I hope Serena isn’t mad at me.” she added.
Osaka also told about her attitude towards the sport and the media.
“For me, because I’ve spent so much of my life on courts where no one really watches, I think I always like when people watch because it feels like all the hard work you put in is finally being shown. That’s the moment where I try my best because I’m not an attention seeker, but I like when there’s a lot of people watching my matches.”
“I feel like it’s more fun on the big stages. There, a different side of my personality comes out because normally I don’t, no offence guys, I don’t like being surrounded by people”, she concluded.