Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams combine the past, present and future of the WTA Tour, but in addition to being two great athletes, in addition to respecting each other, they can also be friends? We all know how Naomi is a huge fan of Serena.
they are two of the most unrivaled athletes in the WTA. In women's tennis, however, they are also two bitter rivals: the two also played the Slam final, the US Open 2018, when Naomi won. Osaka also defeated Serena in the recent semi-final of the Australian Open 2021.
Serena Williams, and her victories, has been an inexhaustible source for fans, media, insiders and young tennis players, ever since she became a star. After the Flushing Meadows final, Osaka, who had just defeated her idol, apologized to the crowd and cried after receiving the trophy.
They also share their off-the-court battles for social equality and against racial discrimination. Naomi and Serena were among the greatest ambassadors in sport during Black Lives Matter, and beyond. Loved by the most famous brands and by orders of fans across the globe, they are two icons: Osaka is what the post-Serena WTA Tour needed.
Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams: can there be friendship between them?
"I can’t wait for your future and believe me, I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you.
All my love and your fan, Serena," wrote Williams on the social media. Osaka never wants Williams to stop playing tennis. Yet, against Osaka, Serena often lives dramas: it happened in New York in 2018, it happened in Melbourne this year.
In the press conference after the match she burst into tears. Serena showed her respect and admiration for the Japanese, Osaka expressed her feelings for Williams on social media. So yes: rivals on the court, but always respect and, why not, also a friendship.
Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams have clashed five times in their careers: Naomi leads 3-2 in the head-to-head. Their first match was the R128 at the at the Miami Open 2018, won by Naomi, the last one the semi-final of the Australian Open 2021 also won by the Japanese.