Naomi Osaka: "I really admire Serena Williams"

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Naomi Osaka: "I really admire Serena Williams"

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams played three times against between 2018 and 2019: the Japanese won two matches, in the first round of Miami in 2018 and especially in that particular final at the US Open, six months later.

Williams scored her only success of hers in Toronto in 2019 where she managed to take the win in two sets. During this young career, Osaka has already achieved major victories and recently she talked about of the influence that Serena Williams had on her.

Here are her words: "I am a person who grew up playing tennis and whose goal was to become a world-class tennis player, somehow I can say that I have succeeded. My family will always be the one who influenced me the most.

z but I really admire Serena Williams. In this sport I have several models and this is fantastic because it leads me to learn a lot from each of my models and in this way I build my ideal model." 2020 was a truly atypical year for the tennis world with athletes and fans of this sport who had to see very few tournaments due to the pandemic with a stop of about six months that upset the plans of the insiders.

Naomi and Serena

Naturally among these there is also the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, who has played only four tournaments in this particular year but has 'saved' the season that will not be forgotten thanks to the victory of the Us Open 2020, her third Grand Slam of the last eight played.

. Now Naomi Osaka is working for the new season from Adelaide where she is aiming for her fourth Grand Slam after about twelve months ago I left the Australian Open to the American surprise Sofia Kenin. In an interview, Naomi Osaka mentioned her admiration for world tennis legend Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam titles.

Meanwhile, as reported on the Australian website The Age, it is difficult to avoid the impression that tennis players come here at the expense of Australians stranded abroad and exposed to the pandemic. It's also odd that Victoria could find places for tennis stars as her residents are stranded in NSW and Queensland due to its harsh border closures.

Health Minister Martin Foley said he understood the frustration of the Victorians stranded in Sydney or Brisbane, which are still considered red zones by the state government, but he didn't want to risk another outbreak in the state of Victoria.

He said: "I apologize for the dislocation this has caused, but I don't apologize for the principle of keeping Victoria safe and keeping Victoria open. More than 70,000 Victorians are trying to go home with the new state traffic light system, with thousands still stranded in NSW under current restrictions.

While Victoria reopened on Monday at NSW regional, Greater Sydney remains a red zone from which people can only travel with an exemption," the minister explained. Now it was confirmed that three out of 10 people who tested positive for the swab while inside the Australian Open bubble contracted the UK's most virulent strain of COVID-19.