The 20-year-old Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player representing Japan, she recently won the U.S. Open beating world No.1 Serena Williams for the prize.
Osaka’s playing style is aggressive, she’s an offensive baseline player able to hit winners off both sides. She likes to attack with her big forehand, but she can plant her feet and rip her backhand for winners as well.
Naomi Osaka has made a name for herself after Saturday night’s victory and deserves proper praise and recognition. Here are five things you didn’t know about the rising player:
Her sister plays tennis, too.
Naomi’s older sister, Mari, is also a tennis player. They have played together in the past in doubles tennis matches.
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She represented Japan as early as 13 years old.
There have been reports stating she and her sister were rejected by the United States Tennis Associationwhen they were starting out. Osaka’s father decided to sign both siblings with Japan’s tennis association. She began to represent Japan at the tender age of 13.
She delivers some of the fastest serves ever.
At the 2016 U.S. Open, her serve was clocked in at 125 mph. Only eight other women achieve a speed that great.
She’s not new to making history.
In March, she made history becoming the first Japanese woman to win the Indian Wells Masters. Tennis experts consider this tournament to be the second most significant after the Grand Slam.
She the youngest top 10 world player.
After her victory, 20-year-old will be the 7th best player in the world which is the highest rank of her career.
So there’s been a lot going on but I just want to say, I was grateful to have the opportunity to play on that stage yesterday. Thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/utiEKJF8NN
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) September 9, 2018