Naomi Osaka reveals what Serena Williams told her after US Open final

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Naomi Osaka reveals what Serena Williams told her after US Open final

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'