Naomi Osaka was a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show on Thursday. Osaka reflected on her joint on-court interview with Cori Gauff after their US Open third round. Explaining her choice, Osaka said: "It was a combination of everything.
I know that a lot of people came and watched that match for her and normally, people don't watch press conferences after. So I wanted her to get the chance to address everybody." On her mentality, Osaka added: "I just like being straightforward and honest.
That usually gets me in a lot of trouble. Last time I was here, you just did me dirty." In a press conference at the US Open Osaka explained how her popularity changed after winning her maiden Grand Slam title at last year's US Open: "Everyone that's not new to me knows that, like, until I won here last year, I was, like, constantly around three persons, you know.
So, of course, I can look at this and be very disappointed and mad, but I feel like -- like, I'm not mad at it. Of course, I would like to reach higher, like, rounds. That's definitely what I'll aim for in Australia.
But for right now, I think the level of tennis that I was playing in Europe was terrible -- that's kind of mean. Was not that great. Yeah, just coming here, two quarterfinals, round of 16. Hopefully, I'll do well in Japan because I always do well in Japan, and just keep building off of it to end the season."