Haitiano-Japanese Naomi Osaka wins the US Open against Serena William
October 5, 2018 2:48 PM
Naomi Osaka has already made a history for many reasons. 20-year-old Naomi Osaka became the first to win a Grand Slam singles title from Japan, sealing 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in straight sets in a dramatic US Open final on September 9, 2018, and it is her first Grand Slam title! Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman in 22 years to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam when she defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in the last-eight of the US Open. She was barely 12 months old when Serena Williams won her first major title. Osaka has a positive head-to-head record against Williams. She won their only previous meeting six months ago at the Miami Open when the 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena just returned to court following the birth of her first girl child 'Olympia'. Osaka's father, Leonard Francois, is Haitian-born, and her mother, Tamaki Osaka, is Japanese. Naomi can understand Japanese, but isn't able to carry on a full-fledged conversation. Osaka is considered "hāfu," or a person who is of mixed-race in Japan. When Osaka's Japanese grandfather discovered that her mother had become romantically attached to a Black man, he became furious and as a result, her mother became estranged from her family for almost over ten years. Osaka's elder sister Mari is a professional tennis player. Together, the two sisters represent the three cultures they were raised with-- American, Japanese, and Haitian. Mari and Naomi Osaka, the sister duo are often compared with William sisters. Like Venus and Serena Williams before them, Naomi Osaka and Mari Osaka have been playing tennis since childhood. Mari made her debut in 2014, the year after Naomi went pro. Now, the Osaka sisters follow in the footsteps of Venus and Serena Williams.
Naomi is a professional player since 2013. She caught the world's attention by defeating the then-U.S. Open's defending champion Angelique Kerber last year in the first round of the competition in 2017. On March 8, 2018, in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Naomi beat former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the first round and Karolina Pliskova (Indian Wells Masters 2018). Her current world ranking is No. 7. With a serve that has hit up to 125 miles per hour, there's no doubting her force and strength in the game.
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