Naomi Osaka Speaks On Kobe Bryant and Black Lives Matter

Naomi Osaka Speaks On Kobe Bryant and Black Lives Matter

After find her way off the court, Naomi Osaka ,22, come back to the top with her 3rd grand slam title.

The Japanese star was clearly outplayed by Victoria Azarenka in the 1st set but had a comeback subtly to victory 1-6 6-3 6-3.

Her Trophy collection has been added by one alongside ones from the 2018 US Open.

Being the current highest-paid female athlete worldwide, Osaka has added another $2.94million(£2.3million) in prize money to her fortune.
She has also become the 1st Asian player to have won three grand slam singles titles, beats Chinese trailblazer Li Na.

However,Naomi’s story is more about just tennis, with Osaka making use of her platform to promote Black Lives Matter(BLM) and honouring victims of violence and brutality.

Her 7th facemask has the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who killed by the police while playing with a toy gun in 2014, then Osaka’s boyfriend, rapper Cordae, was sitting in the stands with a T-shirt with the words ‘Defund the police’.

While being asked at the presentation ceremony what message she was hoping to pass across, Osaka sharply replied: “Well what’s the message that you got was more the question. I feel like the point is to make people start talking.” Well,Osaka has undoubtedly just done that

She went on saying: “My life was always go, go tennis-wise, most especially after the previous US Open that I won. It definitely accelerated things, and I’ve never had a chance to slow down.”

Naomi Osaka on Kobe Bryant

Osaka also said that the quarantine certainly gave her an opportinuty to think a lot about many things, what she wants to accomplish, what she wants to be remembered by. She came in to this tournament with that mindset and felt it certainly helped me out.

On Osaka’s mind also was, the basket ball legend, Kobe Bryant, who got involved in a helicopter crash with one of his daughters in January. They really were friends.

Naomi revealed that she just wants to be that type of person that Kobe thought she was going to be. “He thought I was going to be great, so hopefully I will be great in the future.”

“I feel like at this point there are certain things that I do that I hope can make him proud,” she said.

“It’s keeping his legacy alive for me.” She thinks it’s amazing how one person can inspire so many people and she just wants to be that type of person that Kobe thought she was going to be. “He thought I was going to be great, so hopefully I will be great in the future.”

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There are many arguments on whether Osaka is really great at the moment. Well many people will argue in her favour. The way she had changed a match that seemed to have gotten away from her to a voictorious one. That was largely impressive.

Osaka had lost the 1st set in just 27 minutes and also was a point away from being 3-0 down in the 2nd set, but she gradually started playing the game on her terms and was able to survive a late wobble when Azarenka reinforced from 4-1 to 4-3 in the decider.

When asked how she was able to turn the match around, the Japanese star said: “I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose in under an hour so I just have to try and stop having a really bad attitude.”

After her successful win, Naomi Osaka lay on the court filled in her accomplishment in the cavernous surrounds of a close-to-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Congratz Naomi 😉

 

Credits: Sports Mole

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