After the Japan native seized her maiden Slam in the Big Apple City, Naomi Osaka is all set to step on to the courts in front of her home crowd in Tokyo. A throng of journalists tracking Osaka’s schedule over the days was present in her opener against Dominika Cibulkova in the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She outdid Cibulkova 6-2 6-1.
“I lived in New York for a little, so the US Open was always special to me,” she said. “In a way, I’m happy that it was my first Grand Slam.” she said. As I feel the US Open is special, I similarly feel that Toray is special. I would love to do well here, too.” The US Open triumph was a melodramatic moment for Osaka. She has grown idolising the 23-time major champion, Serena, defeating her hero was a histrionic juncture for the Japanese. “It’s great that people care, or sympathize, but I don’t think there was anything to be sad about. I guess I’m grateful that people are sad, but I don’t feel like I would have wanted to savour the moment more. I do things my own way, and that’s great about people, that everyone is different. I don’t really have any regrets.” Osaka reported.
Osaka had a nice time after the Flushing Meadows major ended. She made an appearance on the Today Show and flew to Los Angeles for The Ellen Show. She was desperate to return to Japan. Also, she craved to have some Japanese delicacies. “I feel like coming to Japan from America, it’s easier to get adjusted to the jet-lag. It’s been a little rough, but not that bad. I haven’t eaten katsudon yet because it’s near to the tournament. After, I’ll get to have green tea ice cream, and maybe even some tempura.”Osaka said.
Osaka made it to the finals in her home tournament in the year 2016. She had defeated the Dane, Caroline Wozniacki in the finals and the Japanese woman is full of excitement regarding the competition in Toray.