“Really Admire Serena Williams”: Naomi Osaka Reveals Her Role Models in Tennis

Published 01/24/2021, 8:08 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan hugs Serena Williams of the United States after winning the Women’s Singles finals match on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


World No.3 Naomi Osaka recently signed a number of endorsement deals. Over the past two years, the Japanese player has truly become an ambassador of the sport. In a recent interview, Osaka talked about her initial days of playing tennis and unveiled her role models.

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“I’m someone who grew up playing tennis and wanted to become good enough to play on a global scale and somehow, I did it,” said the three-time Grand Slam winner in a recent interview.

Thus, it has become quite clear that Naomi Osaka had that spark in her right from the beginning. She dreamt of becoming a big tennis player one day and her dream actually came true even though she is just 23 years old today. In the same interview, the Japanese star also revealed her idols.

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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)

“My family will of course always be my number one influence, and I really admire Serena Williams,” added Osaka.

Osaka undoubtedly loves her family, and it continues to serve as her backbone. However, she also said Serena Williams has always been a source of inspiration for her.

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“Have quite a few role models”- Naomi Osaka

Osaka also mentioned that she has had quite a few role models in her life. She believes that it is good to have many since it helps to adopt unique traits from each one of them and then grow as an individual.

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“I have quite a few role models actually. Having many role models is great because you can draw traits from each of them and build your own ideal,” concluded the US Open 2020 winner.

Naomi Osaka of Japan in action against Coco Gauff of the United States of America in the Women’s Singles Round three match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Osaka will begin her 2021 campaign at the Australian Open 2021. After a poor show at the Grand Slam last year, the Japanese star will be looking forward to playing some aggressive tennis this time. Will Osaka be able to lift her fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year?

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