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Friday, 8 March 2019

Osaka in tears over Serena admission


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An emotional Naomi Osaka has expressed regret about the media’s portrayal of her following US Open win over Serena Williams, with the world No.1 breaking down in tears over claims she’s garnered support from those who want to see the 23-time Grand Slam champion lose.

In a wide-ranging story for The Undefeated website, the Japan star became overwhelmed when asked how she felt about gaining support from people who want to see her beat Williams. Ahead of her return to Indian Wells this weekend, Osaka said she was inaccurately portrayed by sections of the media after she defeated Serena in the US Open final last year.

The Japan star’s handlers tried to shift the interview in a different direction when the topic of Williams and the Herald Sun cartoon came up but according to the report, Osaka opted to tackle the questions head on after a brief pause to collect her thoughts.

Naomi Osaka

The cartoon portrayed Serena as a hulking, spoiled brat chucking a temper tantrum while Osaka is depicted as a thin, straight haired blonde.

“If I were to put it bluntly, I know that there’s a lot of people that don’t like Serena, and I feel like they’re just looking for someone to sort of jump on to be against her and I feel like they found that in me,” Osaka said.

“Of course, I don’t really like that... I want people to go with me for the right reasons.

“If I’m being blunt, I feel like that’s happened a lot, like after the U.S. Open.”

The report then states that Osaka started crying and had to stop the interview to gather herself before going on to explain how much admiration she has for Serena.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

“I love Serena,” Osaka said.

“Growing up... I really loved watching her matches, and honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am without her. That’s a fact.

“She opened so many doors for tennis and especially for people of colour. When you’re little and you’re growing up and you’re watching people, like the Indian Wells thing that happened.”

Osaka even made reference to the strength Serena showed in boycotting the California WTA event for 13 years after spectators hurled racial abuse at her father because her sister Venus had pulled out of the semi-final clash with her due to injury.

“For me, that was ‘How can a human be so strong?’ That’s one of the reasons I love her so much,” she said

After winning two Grand Slams, Osaka is definitely attracting more attention around the world now, with the world’s best female player teaming up with Mattel dolls to release a Barbie in her likeness. The push by Mattel is part of the company’s 60th anniversary campaign, which includes more racially diverse dolls.

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“Having that chance to represent people that might not think that they could be represented, that’s a really important goal of mine,” she said.

Osaka is back this weekend at Indian Wells to defend her title, even though she doesn’t see it that way. The 21-year-old said that she sees the tournament as another opportunity to win another title.

"All the people around me are super supportive," Osaka told reporters at WTA All Access Hour. "They're not talking about 'title defense'. We just want to keep moving forward. It's not about defending, it's about getting another one. That's how our minds are and how it might be different than other people." 

"It's been a really crazy ride for me. You guys say 'last year', but it feels like 10 years ago, in a way."

"For me, last year I was just here to have fun, maybe make it to the quarters. It sounds bad saying it, but it's true, because I had never really gone far at a tournament like this. Honestly, I just kept playing really great players in every round and I was just like, I'm here for a good time," Osaka said laughing. "But then I kept winning and I thought Whoa, maybe I can actually win this tournament, and I did."

"Now I [still] want to have fun, but it's a little bit changed since my first tournament in Australia, Brisbane. I just want to do the things I practiced and know that I can do well, and even if things aren't going my way to just try and win matches. I think I did that at the Australian Open and hopefully I can refine that skill."

An emotional Naomi Osaka has expressed regret about the media’s portrayal of her following US Open win over Serena Williams, with the world No.1 breaking down in tears over claims she’s garnered support from those who want to see the 23-time Grand Slam champion lose.

In a wide-ranging story for The Undefeated website, the Japan star became overwhelmed when asked how she felt about gaining support from people who want to see her beat Williams. Ahead of her return to Indian Wells this weekend, Osaka said she was inaccurately portrayed by sections of the media after she defeated Serena in the US Open final last year.

The Japan star’s handlers tried to shift the interview in a different direction when the topic of Williams and the Herald Sun cartoon came up but according to the report, Osaka opted to tackle the questions head on after a brief pause to collect her thoughts.

Naomi Osaka

The cartoon portrayed Serena as a hulking, spoiled brat chucking a temper tantrum while Osaka is depicted as a thin, straight haired blonde.

“If I were to put it bluntly, I know that there’s a lot of people that don’t like Serena, and I feel like they’re just looking for someone to sort of jump on to be against her and I feel like they found that in me,” Osaka said.

“Of course, I don’t really like that... I want people to go with me for the right reasons.

“If I’m being blunt, I feel like that’s happened a lot, like after the U.S. Open.”

The report then states that Osaka started crying and had to stop the interview to gather herself before going on to explain how much admiration she has for Serena.

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

“I love Serena,” Osaka said.

“Growing up... I really loved watching her matches, and honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am without her. That’s a fact.

“She opened so many doors for tennis and especially for people of colour. When you’re little and you’re growing up and you’re watching people, like the Indian Wells thing that happened.”

Osaka even made reference to the strength Serena showed in boycotting the California WTA event for 13 years after spectators hurled racial abuse at her father because her sister Venus had pulled out of the semi-final clash with her due to injury.

“For me, that was ‘How can a human be so strong?’ That’s one of the reasons I love her so much,” she said

After winning two Grand Slams, Osaka is definitely attracting more attention around the world now, with the world’s best female player teaming up with Mattel dolls to release a Barbie in her likeness. The push by Mattel is part of the company’s 60th anniversary campaign, which includes more racially diverse dolls.

https://twitter.com/Naomi_Osaka_/status/1103717042161475584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

“Having that chance to represent people that might not think that they could be represented, that’s a really important goal of mine,” she said.

Osaka is back this weekend at Indian Wells to defend her title, even though she doesn’t see it that way. The 21-year-old said that she sees the tournament as another opportunity to win another title.

"All the people around me are super supportive," Osaka told reporters at WTA All Access Hour. "They're not talking about 'title defense'. We just want to keep moving forward. It's not about defending, it's about getting another one. That's how our minds are and how it might be different than other people." 

"It's been a really crazy ride for me. You guys say 'last year', but it feels like 10 years ago, in a way."

"For me, last year I was just here to have fun, maybe make it to the quarters. It sounds bad saying it, but it's true, because I had never really gone far at a tournament like this. Honestly, I just kept playing really great players in every round and I was just like, I'm here for a good time," Osaka said laughing. "But then I kept winning and I thought Whoa, maybe I can actually win this tournament, and I did."

"Now I [still] want to have fun, but it's a little bit changed since my first tournament in Australia, Brisbane. I just want to do the things I practiced and know that I can do well, and even if things aren't going my way to just try and win matches. I think I did that at the Australian Open and hopefully I can refine that skill."

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