Naomi Osaka is the goat! The champ was goofing with the US Open Camera crew hours before she took the championship!
It is this type of composure and calmness that she brought to the court taking her opponent by surprise!
“First I want congratulate Vika,” Osaka stated after becoming the first woman in 26 years to win a US Open final after dropping the opening set.
“Actually don’t want to play you in any more finals. I didn’t really enjoy that. It was a really tough match for me. And, yeah, it’s really inspiring for me because I used to watch you play here when I was younger. So just to have the opportunity to play you is really great and I learned a lot, so thank you.”
She continues: “And then I want to thank my team – they’re over there somewhere – just for sticking with me. I know the beginning of the year wasn’t that great. Thank you for believing with me.”
Asked what message she wanted to send by wearing seven masks with seven different victims of police violence before her seven matches over the past fortnight, Osaka is to the point.
“What was the message that you got?” she says. “That’s more the question. The point is to make people start talking.”
She adds: “For me, I’ve been inside of the bubble so I’m not really sure what’s really going on in the outside world. All I can tell is what’s going on on social media and for me I feel like the more retweets it gets – that’s so lame but … – the more people talk about it.”
Asked to give a speech after her defeat;
“I thought the third time was the charm but I guess I’m going to have to try again,” an emotional Azarenka said during the trophy ceremony. “Congratulations to Naomi … I hope we can meet in some more finals again.”