“Navigate Situations Better”: Naomi Osaka Unfastens Her Shy ‘Label’

Published 12/28/2020, 11:23 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following victory in her Women’s Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Japanese star Naomi Osaka has emerged as one of the biggest superstars of 2020. She showed her fighting character to the entire world after winning her third Grand Slam title at the age of only 23. Her phenomenal gameplay has earned her a big name not just in Japan but in the entire tennis world.

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Other than tennis, Osaka is quite renowned for her shy and quiet nature. Many say that she hardly used to talk to anyone off-the-court and preferred to stay in isolation. However, in a recent interview, she revealed that it was only a tag, and she doesn’t believe herself to be shy.

“That shy label has stuck with me through the ups and downs of my career,” began Osaka.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning the first set during her victory against Madison Keys of the United States in the Women’s Singles Semi Final match on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Osaka clearly disagrees that she was shy and timid. She further said that the people who knew her would not say anything like that. According to her, she is the one who likes to navigate in different situations.

“But I think people who have watched me grow would say that I navigate situations better,” added the 23-year-old Japanese.

Osaka clearly tried to hint that she was not what people have perceived her so far. She believed that the people who watched her grow would definitely give a better idea to others about her.

“I’m better able to express myself”- Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a point in her quarter final match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during day five of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 10, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Even if Osaka was not that confident and shy earlier, she has definitely shown a transition. She has started giving more interviews, attending more talk shows, and even begun talking more about her life.

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“I’m better able to express myself” continued World No.3 Osaka. However, she later said, “Maybe” and started smiling.

Osaka has really worked very hard to remove that label from her. Who knows whether, after a couple of years, fans will witness a fully transformed Osaka?

Naomi Osaka last played at the US Open 2020, where she lifted her third Grand Slam title. She has already started working for the upcoming season and will begin her 2021 campaign at the Australian Open 2021.

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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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