“Block Out The Haters”: Naomi Osaka Gives Valuable Advice to Young Women Emerging as Trailblazers

Published 02/26/2021, 1:55 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Naomi Osaka broke into the headlines after winning the Australian Open 2021. The Japanese star has won four Grand Slams now and she is becoming better and better day by day. Interestingly, Osaka has not only made everyone her fan but many youngsters are even taking inspiration from her when she is herself just 23-years old.

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In a recent interview, Naomi Osaka faced a really interesting question. She was asked to give some advice to the young women who are now emerging as trailblazers in their respective fields.

“I think being the first anything is really hard because there is no precedent and there are a lot of people who will doubt you (especially on the internet). My advice is to keep your head down, block out the haters and give it your all,” said Osaka.

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her semi-final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Osaka clearly reflected that to be the first in anything is not at all easy. However, she believes that one needs to give her 100% and ignore her haters in order to move forward in life.

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Naomi Osaka also remembers mentor Kobe Byrant’s teachings

While answering the same question, Osaka also recalled what her mentor and idol Kobe Bryant had taught her. By taking his reference, she emphasized that one needs to focus on her target.

Naomi Osaka of Japan with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following victory in her Women’s Singles Final match. Day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“My mentor, Kobe, once talked about how when you see a lion in the wild and it’s hunting, it may have flies around its eyes, but it doesn’t even notice them; it’s completely focused on its kill. That’s the same here: set your goal and never give in to doubt,” added the Australian Open 2021 champion.

Osaka highlighted that it was necessary to set the goal and then back one’s abilities. She surely feels that all this can actually help women to be successful in their fields at some point.

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After winning the Australian Open 2021 title, Osaka will advance to other tournaments where she’ll like to continue her dream form. Fans certainly have huge expectations from her. Will Osaka be able to end the 2021 season as the No.1 player in the WTA rankings?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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