Naomi Osaka Slated To Secure History-Making Bag With Adidas

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos.

The Japanese-Haitian star also revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show what she would do with her $3.8 million prize money as well as what Serena whispered to her when she received her trophy. (As a reminder, Williams was issued three violations from Ramos for the following reasons: coaching, racket abuse, and verbal abuse.) While Osaka ultimately remained in a game-ready headspace, it didn't come easy with the less-than-friendly surroundings.

Osaka has landed another huge deal after beating Williams in the US Open final.

Also during the interview, Osaka was asked by Ellen to reveal her celebrity crush.

"Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot".

The Japanese player said she thought the jeers were directed at her, and began to get a bit overwhelmed by the situation, having missed Williams's argument with the umpire.

"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.

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"I couldn't tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there", she added.

Furthermore, in embracing her new high profile, Osaka wants to serve as a role model for young Japanese children.

"I have definitely been thinking about if little kids were watching and they wanted to play tennis too", she said.

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", she said Thursday, speaking mostly in English at the auto company's headquarters in Yokohama, according to Reuters. "I know that, in my dreams, I won, like, in a very tough, competitive match".

"I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that".

One thing's for sure: This athlete should never have to apologize for her success.

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