Naomi Osaka became first Japanese tennis professional to win Grand Slam singles title as she defeated Serena Williams in the final of US Open 2018 to claim crown. Japan’s Osaka beat Serena in straight sets by 6-2, 6-4 to win US Open women’s singles championship.
Japan Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe praised Naomi Osaka on her brilliant performance to claim US Open title and become country’s first champion. He congratulated her on twitter and also marked her performance in a difficult situation facing Japan from disasters.
“Naomi Osaka, congratulations on winning the US Open. Japan’s first champion at the four major conventions. In this difficult time, Thank you for your encouragement and excitement during the year,” Shinzo Abe tweeted.
Naomi is just 20-year old tennis pro from Japan and she never reached to any grand slam final ever before this. She just managed to survive till the third round of rest three grand slams but in this year’s US Open, Osaka broke all the records and came hard to beat former world champion Serena to become champion.
She is having dual citizenship of Japan and United States. Naomi’s elder sister Mari Osaka is also a professional tennis player and both sisters play doubles together.
The US Open final was full of excitement and emotions as majority of people present at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, were cheering for Serena to win. But Naomi had different plans and she won the championship.
There were some hard decisions took by chair umpire during the decider which forced former world champion to get abusive verbally with the umpire. Serena received three code violations during the US Open final.
Crowd present at the stadium booed as well against officials and Naomi for Serena’s defeat. But at the end everyone applause Japanese star as she thanked everyone to come and watch the final. Also she apologized to crowd for not letting their star winning the cup.
“I know everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match. It’s always been my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals. I’m really grateful I was able to play with you,” 2018 US Open winner Osaka said.
Williams credited Naomi for her great show in the final and asked people to cheer Osaka to make her day grand. She requested fans sitting in the tennis center not to boo instead praise of Naomi to win.
“Let’s make this the best moment we can, let’s give everyone the credit where credit’s due and let’s not boo any more,” Serena said after the final.