What did Naomi Osaka tell Serena Williams after their US Open final? The Japanese player herself revealed it in a recent interview. 'She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me', Osaka said about Serena. 'So, I was really happy that she said that.
At the time, I did kind of think that they were booing at me because I couldn't tell what was going on because it was just so loud in there so it was a little bit stressful.' Osaka was also asked if Serena's outburst may have obscured the importance of her success. 'For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to', Osaka said.
'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. I don't think I even thought about feeling sad because there's no experience for me to draw on (from) any other Grand Slam final.' Asked if she is playing for a new Japan, now that her popularity is increasing, Osaka said: 'For me, I'm just me.
I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that. But if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is not very Japanese.' Osaka hopes to be a role model for her compatriots: 'I have definitely been thinking about if little kids were watching and they wanted to play tennis, too.
I've always thought that Kei (Nishikori) is a super good role model on the men's side and I wish that there was one on the women's side. So hopefully I can be that role model.' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'