NAOMI OSAKA MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST HAITAN JAPANESE ATHLETE TO WIN A GRAND SLAM TITLE
After a heated match with Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka made history on Saturday as the first Japanese athlete to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The 20-year-old professional tennis player has called the match with Williams a “dream match.” Osaka beat Williams with a final score of 6-2, 6-4 after Williams was penalized for a third code violation.
Osaka credits Serena Williams as her idol and inspiration.
“She’s the main reason I started playing tennis,” Osaka previously told the The New York Times. This isn’t the first time Osaka beat Serena Williams.
According to The Telegraph, Osaka beat Williams in March with a 6-3, 6-2 in Miami. Osaka shared her excitement after the match on social media by simply saying “omg.”
Osaka’s sister, Mari Osaka, is also a professional tennis player.