2018 US Open champion Naomi Osaka – What I learn

2018 US Open champion is Naomi Osaka and this post collects some of what I’ve learned over the last few days by focusing on areas that I see positives things and lovely moments. Things I think we learn the amid controversies. Have a read of this op-ed by tennis legend and former champion Martina Navratilova: “What Serena Got Wrong – Just because the guys might be able to get away with it doesn’t mean it’s acceptable.

Sept 9th, 2018, US Open, “2018 US Open Press Conference: Naomi Osaka” I LOVE the #GoPro moment at 2:54 and the 8:23 Q&A that got Naomi emotional. Watch this insightful and lovely exchange at 3:10 for example of her answer re “getting in fight with herself”!

Sept 9th, ESPN (with a nice bit of game reply/highlight), [FULL] Naomi Osaka interview after defeating Serena Williams in 2018 Grand Slam final

Sept 10th, 2018, WTA, “Champions Corner: Osaka sets sights on Singapore debut” (audio interview, new stuff starts ~20:52)

PBS News Hours, Sept 9th, 2018: “Osaka’s win at U.S. Open overshadowed by Williams’ penalties

NOTE: I found the above analysis, sports reporter Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress and Sandra Harwitt, who covered the match for USA Today. And I love Harwitt’s answer @2:40 in the news program, (here is an excerpt with emphasis added)


I absolutely disagree. I know of Ramos and I believe Carlos Remus to be one of the best umpires in the business. I don’t think it was sexist at all. I don’t believe him to be a sexist. I know that he called Novak Djokovic out for coaching and for a record violation at Wimbledon this year. A coaching rule is actually the player takes the fine. But the rule is actually against the coach. He admitted he did that. It doesn’t matter whether she saw it or not. And to me it also doesn’t really matter if it happens all the time. As somebody who was 23 grand slam titles and 36 years of experience, almost 37, she should’ve let it go. Carlos is one of the few umpires that really has the guts to go out there and abide by the rules.”

Sept 10th, TODAY, “US Open Winner Naomi Osaka Speaks Out On Controversial Serena Williams Match

P.S. For the record, Sept 8th, ESPN, “[FULL] 2018 US Open trophy ceremony with Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

2018 Sept 13th Update: “Ellen Plays Matchmaker for U.S. Open Champion Naomi Osaka and Michael B. Jordan

Nice to get some prospective with this more claim R2 victory press conference. Some insightful questions with real and not “canned” answers. “2018 US Open Press Conference: Naomi Osaka – Naomi Osaka talks to reporters about her R2 victory over J. Glushko 6-2, 6-0.

Here is a bit of a lovely time machine look of Naomi from last year! Enjoy! “2017 US Open: Naomi Osaka R2 press conference

via WTA (Aug 27, 2018): Naomi’s coach “Sascha Bajin in it for the long haul with Osaka: ‘I’ve paid my dues‘”

Sept 16, 2018 Update: ‘I almost knocked out Federer!’ | Getting to Know Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ #TBT

UK Channel 4 News video, ““I don’t feel sad, because I wouldn’t even know what I’m expected to feel.” – First-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka returns to Japan and speaks out after her U.S. Open final win.

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