Naomi Osaka: "Here is my favorite sport besides tennis"



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Naomi Osaka: "Here is my favorite sport besides tennis"

Twenty-three years-old Japanese champion Naomi Osaka, already world number one, has won three Grand Slam titles: two editions of the US Open (2018 and 2020) and one of the Australian Open, in 2019. In her career she has won a total of six WTA trophies, including the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, won against Daria Kasatkina.

A few weeks ago she triumphed for the second time in Flushing Meadows, defeating Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in three sets in the final, despite sho lost the first set of this amazing challenge.

Osaka and the love for basketball

During the last US Open, Naomi has worn the shirt of Kobe Bryant several times, who tragically died earlier this year in a helicopter accident with his daughter Gianna.

She said: "I just want to be the kind of person he thought I would become," the Japanese woman said at a press conference. "He believed that I would become very strong, so I hope to succeed in the future."

The Japanese is in fact a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, winners of the latest NBA title. On Instagram, Naomi also revealed that her favorite city in Japan is Tokyo and that, when she was born, her parents had initially thought of baptizing her with the name of Leo.

The Japanese have qualified twice to the WTA Finals in Singapore and Shenzhen, but never made it through the group stage. The US Open was the last tournament played by the 23-year-old, who decided to skip Roland Garros also due to the excessive temporal proximity to Flushing Meadows.

In Paris, Naomi never went beyond the third round: in 2019 she was stopped by Katerina Siniakova in two sets. Next January, Osaka will attempt to take home the Australian Open trophy for the second time, an event in which last year she was surprised in the third game by the very young American tennis player Coco Gauff, with a score of 6-3 6-4 .

The Japanese Naomi Osaka should come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, with also Roger Federer. In fatc the Swiss, after the two surgery on his right knee, should come back just in Melbourne. This season Roger Federer also played the Australian Open 2020, losing in the semifinal against Novak Djokovic in straight sets.