Reigning Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka got past the early loss suffered at the 2019 US Open with the help of Beyonce, who opened the Japanese’s eyes and made her acknowledge what she really stands for in the world.
After she lost against Belinda Bencic in the fourth round of the American Grand Slam, Osaka was downhearted, but, fortunately, she found someone to get help her get back on the saddle — worldwide star Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z.
"I met Beyonce and Jay-Z during the off-season. She just smelled expensive and beautiful and she was soft and she hugged me. I was like, this is what heaven is." Osaka told the WTA website. All it took for Osaka to realize that losing in the early stages of US Open is not the end of the world was a short pep talk.
And Beyonce did just that, according to the Japanese. "She was talking to me and she said she was proud of me. I thought, wow, that actually was a really important moment. I felt really depressed after I lost my match, but I'm thinking about the impact that tennis players - I don't think we know, I don't think we're aware of all the good that we can do”.
Osaka confessed. "That was kind of an eye-opening thing. Even though it was one of my worst points, to lose - I wanted to be a defending champion and I lost early - there's still something really good that came out of that”.
Naomi continued. Now, the reigning Australian Open champion has the chance to successfully defend a Grand Slam title for the first time in her life. Last year, Osaka defeated Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and, finally, Petra Kvitova to secure the crown.