Naomi Osaka's life changed a lot in the last months. By winning the US Open after a controversial straight-set final over Serena Williams, the Japanese player earned a $3.8 million cheque. She is now a star in her country, Japan, and she is eyeing more success.
“I don’t know if I’m ‘normal’," she admitted. Per now, her only focus is the Australian Open where she faces in a fourth round match on Monday. “I enjoy grand slams the most," Osaka admitted.
"I don’t really feel that much different. A lot of people ask me how I feel after the US Open. But for me, it feels like a fresh start. I’m just really excited every time I play a match. I don’t feel pressure.
I feel nerves, if that makes sense. I felt really nervous in the first round but after that I felt really good. I have been playing really well, so for me, grand slams are more of an exciting time. "That’s just funny to me.
He was like: ‘Naomi, are you OK?’ I mean, I was, but I wanted to see his reaction if I said no. “For me I feel like it would be better if I wasn’t myself, in a way. Because I really admire the other players, who can go in there very serious and talk about things and don’t stray off their story.
I feel like I do that a lot. I just feel like it would be better if I was more … serious. If when someone asks me a question, if I could just focus on not joking, I think that would be great, because for some reason I can’t.
With some of the journalists I’ve known them for years now and I kind of consider them like my friends, so I always tend to joke around and some people don’t get it”. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title