Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka says she likes to make history or break history and her next goal is to become the first Asian woman to win an Olympic singles gold medal when she plays the Tokyo Olympic Games later this year.
In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, Osaka says, "For me, I just feel like I like to try break history, or make history. When someone says to me, 'No one has done this before,' that immediately becomes my goal.
The Olympics come every four years, and [there] are four [Grand Slam titles] every year. ... [W]hen I was a kid growing up, I would usually dream about winning a gold medal. I think every athlete is the same way." Osaka opted for Japanese citizenship last year and will be playing in front of her home crowd when she plays her first Olympic Games.
"I always represent Japan when I play. (The Olympics) are definitely one of the biggest group [sporting] events. I have never played in them before." The 22-year-old is the second Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title after China's Li Na and the Chinese superstar presented her with the trophy in Melbourne last year.
"Yeah, I mean, for me, I didn't expect to see her there. At first, I was very shocked. I wanted to cry a little bit, but I didn't want to cry on this, like, podium. So, yeah, I was really touched. I just felt really honored ...
that she was giving me this trophy. Osaka is also learning to deal with the attention that comes with her tennis success and wants to have a positive impact on people. "Attracting attention has "just become part of my life now.
So I don't think about how to deal with it, I just think that these things come up from time to time. She is also aware that she can have a positive effect on people. "I think everyone in the world wants to make an impact somehow. That is definitely one of my goals, too."