Naomi Osaka goes fangirl as she praises Serena Williams’ glorious legacy at US Open 2022: ‘Look at everyone with tour skin color…’

Legendary American tennis player Serena Williams plans to retire after the 2022 US Open. The way she overcame obstacles on and off the court has motivated many aspiring players to pursue the sport, even though her accomplishments set a standard for future generations. Among them is Naomi Osaka. The 24-year-old has widely mentioned the 23-time Grand Slam champion as her inspiration and is a keen admirer of Serena Williams.

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Naomi Osaka admires Serena Williams

Osaka, who has won two Grand Slams in New York, recently opened up at the US Open press conference about how Serena Williams is a legend not just in sports, but also in managing her family and their businesses.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Naomi Osaka of Japan and Serena Williams of the United States leave the field after their match during the ‘A Day at the Drive’ exhibition tournament at Memorial Drive on January 29, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Osaka said, “I mean for me, I think it’s very – like it’s the most obvious part. But if you look at everyone who has our skin color, we clearly followed it. I also think that, from a business perspective, she is very into technology, so anyone who follows this or tries to follow this, I think it will clearly be under her influence. Overall, like culturally and style-wise, she was the first to have her own line and stuff like that.


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Moreover, she shares how she paved the way for the younger generation to move forward with ease. She says, “There were definitely a lot of hurdles that I’m sure she had to fight to break down. We can now easily get through this because of her. I don’t know. I’m sure there are a lot of things she did that I don’t know about but it will be interesting to see. Serena fought to stop being a black woman in the game and even turned her own clothing brand into a successful business venture.


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Previous clashes between Serena Williams and Osaka

The latter two faced off at the Australian Open 2021, where the current world no. 44 prevailed his way to his fourth Grand Slam victory. Both Serena and Osaka encountered serious difficulties during the tour. However, the Japanese star will be aiming to regain his form in the tournament while Serena hopes to leave on a high.

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Williams and Osaka have met four times, with three wins for Osaka. 2018 saw their first meeting in Miami, which Osaka won 6-3, 6-2. They then met in the final of the US Open. Osaka won its first Grand Slam with a score of 6-2, 6-4. They will face off twice more, with Osaka triumphing in the Australian Open semi-finals in 2021, while Osaka won their last encounter in Toronto in 2019.

During his last performance at Flushing Meadows. Williams will be looking to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

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