Naomi Osaka: 'I hope Serena Williams is not mad at me'

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Naomi Osaka: 'I hope Serena Williams is not mad at me'

In an interview Naomi Osaka commented on how it felt to beat Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open final. Osaka grew up watching Serena and Venus on TV and defeating the 23-time Grand Slam champion was a bit strange to her. "Is it kind of like raising a kid though? Like the kid grows up with you and you’re looking at the kid and you’re like, “Wow I’m proud of you”.

Then you’re cooking something in the kitchen and then the kid suddenly comes and cooks better than you. I feel like you would be proud but at the same time it would make you want to work harder. I don’t know, I hope Serena isn’t mad at me", said Osaka.

"For me, because I’ve spent so much of my life on courts where no one really watches, I think I always like when people watch because it feels like all the hard work you put in is finally being shown. That’s the moment where I try my best because I’m not an attention seeker, but I like when there’s a lot of people watching my matches .

I feel like it’s more fun on the big stages. There, a different side of my personality comes out because normally I don’t, no offense guys, I don’t like being surrounded by people. Asked what's the biggest thing she has learned during her journey so far, Osaka concluded: "I’ve learned that I love New York.

I just feel like I’ve gotten more confidence in myself. I think beating her and then doing well in Indian Wells for sure boosted my confidence. Between Indian Wells and here I haven’t really done that well, but I think just to regain that mentality coming into this tournament, I feel really proud of myself and I know that I do really well here. I’m just really happy I was able to win.