The name buzzing around like hot gossip in the tennis world is Naomi Osaka. The 20-year-old Japanese-Haitian claimed the US Open Final against tennis giant Serena Williams this past Sunday. Osaka is the first to take the grand slam title home for Japan. To commemorate her memorable win, here are 5 things to get you familiarised with the up and coming tennis star.
1. Straight Shooter
Beginning her professional career at the age of 16, Osaka made a mark at the 2016 US
Open when her serve hit a record with the speed of 125 mph! And with a forehand speed of 100 mph, the young player is a force to reckon with.
When asked by a reporter during a press conference about her goals and ambitions, Osaka quoted the Pokémon theme song saying, “To be the very best that no one ever was.” Attention die-hard Pokémon fans: you now have a hefty name in your repertoire.
3. Meme loving Millennial
After winning at Indian Wells this year, the young tennis pro showed off her comedic chops, describing her feeling of victory by sharing a Caveman Spongebob meme – because she didn’t know she had scored the match point.
4. Tennis Twosome
Naomi Osaka isn’t the only tennis player in the family. Older sister, Mari Osaka is also a pro-tennis player representing Japan. While older sister is on No. 367 in the world rank, Naomi has stormed into the top 10 to claim the 7th spot!
5. Showdown with Serena
Osaka and Serena have previously sparred on the courts when they faced off at the Miami Open. Commenting on Osaka’s win, Serena said, “She’s a really good, talented player. Very dangerous.”