Naomi Osaka’s biggest dream was realized after defeating Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open final. This win makes Osaka the first Haitian woman and first Japanese player (man or woman) to reach No. 1 in the world since the WTA introduced computer rankings in 1975, according to WTA . Osaka was born in America to a Haitian father and Japanese mother. She’s been very vocal in the past about the importance of honoring her Haitian and Japanese cultures. After winning, Osaka said, “I’m beyond excited to become the new WTA World No.1. I’ve always dreamt of being in this position and I am honored to part of elite group of players who have reached the No. 1 ranking.”
It was clear that Osaka was a star when she beat Serena Williams in that very controversial match at the U.S. Open, last September. She can be quite shy during interviews and a bit emotional during games, but she is a fierce competitor. She’s come a long way as well. Ranked No. 72 just last year, Osaka is now the 6th woman in the Open Era to win her first two back-to-back titles and the first woman to do it in 18 years. This 21-year-old is definitely a force on the tennis court and will be for years to come.
Osaka said during a press conference that “For me, Grand Slams is something you dream about playing as a kid. I don’t ever want to waste this opportunity. So those are the biggest motivating factors for me.” She went on to say, “I had dreams that I would win this tournament. I still feel like it’s a very strange moment. Like, I feel like I’m living right now, but it’s not necessarily real, if that makes sense.” It definitely makes sense!
Get it, girl! Keep sprinkling #BlackGirlMagic dust all over the game of tennis and across the world!