Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka made a young fan's day at the US Open on Monday. Osaka, ranked at No. 3 in the world, was in action on the opening day of the US Open. Following her first round win over Marie Bouzkova, Osaka went to the stands and gifted a young fan an Olympic pin.
The little girl was absolutely thrilled and happy after the Osaka gesture. When asked about the gesture, Osaka said she heard the support she was receiving from the little girl throughout the match. "I just heard her when I was playing my match and she was so cute," Osaka said afterward.
"I just heard her when I was playing my match and she was so cute." @naomiosaka shared a moment with a young fan and gave her an Olympic pin after the match ❤️ 🥺 pic.twitter.com/s9P9qs2dHV — ESPN (@espn) August 31, 2021
Osaka makes a positive start
Osaka dropped just five games in her opener at Flushing Meadows as she beat Bouzkova 6-4 6-1.
"Last year when we didn‘t have a crowd I know it felt quite lonely for me,” Osaka said. “I‘m just really glad to see little kids in the audience and of course grown-ups too. To be playing the first night match is something I’ve never done before so I’m just glad I won."
Before the start of her US Open campaign, Osaka opened up about some of her mental struggles and revealed she never things she is good enough and admitted that she is extremely self deprecating. "Recenty I've been asking myself why do I feel the way I do and I realize one of the reasons is because internally I think I'm never good enough.
I've never told myself that I've done a good job but I do know I constantly tell myself that I suck or I could do better. "I know in the past some people have called me humble but if I really consider it I think I'm extremely self deprecating.
Every time a new opportunity arises my first thought is 'wow, why me?'" However, Osaka vowed to do better going forward.