“Literally Built Champions”: Naomi Osaka Reveals Importance of Serena Williams in her Career

Published 09/25/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


Naomi Osaka is one of finest next generation player on the WTA tour currently. The Japanese superstar has triumphed over four Grand Slam titles in her tennis career so far. In a recent conversation with Uninterrupted, she revealed her admiration towards the 23 time grand slam champion, Serena Williams.

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Serena Williams Built Champions, says Naomi Osaka

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Naomi Osaka of Japan
and Serena Williams of the USA leave the court after their match during the ‘A Day at the Drive’ exhibition tournament at Memorial Drive on January 29, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

In a recent chat with Uninterrupted, Naomi Osaka talked about how idolizes Serena Williams and has always been an inspiration for her. Osaka said, “If I you know I were to retire from tennis, I would went people to remember me with like how I acted towards people and like how I interacted”. She further added, “Serena. Her legacy is more than her being Serena. Like I started playing because of her. I’m sure there’s so many other girls that started playing because of her. She literally built champions.”

Osaka said the 23-time grand slam winner has inspired a lot of young tennis girls out there. She also stressed on the legacy of Serena Williams. The Japanese prodigy wants people to remember her like Williams’ legacy.

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The Japanese at US Open 2021

Naomi Osaka withdrew from French Open and Wimbledon 2021 owing to her mental health concerns. She made her comeback at Flushing Meadows with a positive approach. The former World No.1 advanced in the first two rounds of US Open quite impressively. She faced the Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in her third round. Despite winning the first set, Osaka tumbled against the furious Fernandez in three sets.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Leylah Fernandez (R) of Canada meets at the net after defeating Naomi Osaka (L) of Japan during her Women’s Singles third round match on Day Five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Recently, Naomi Osaka announced that she won’t be participating at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian wells. The reason behind her withdrawal is still concerns as her indefinite break continues.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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