That Naomi Osaka had a great passion for manga is something everyone knows by now. She will also be the young protagonist who will be inspired by a new manga for tennis. The winner of the Australian Open 2021 shared on Instagram and Twitter a photo with her new hairstyle and, above all, her new hair color.
Pink, paying homage to Sakura Haruno of the Japanese manga Naruto. "Sakura could never lol," she wrote describing the photo, referring to Sakura Haruno, the female character of the popular Naruto, known for her pink hair, and for being the main love interest of the two protagonists of the manga, Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha.
Naruto is a manga written and drawn by Masashi Kishimoto and published from October 1999 to November 2014 in Shūeisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, for a total of 15 years of serialization. The 700 chapters made were collected in 72 tankōbon volumes under the Jump Comics label.
"Has anyone told you that pink looks BOMB on you?" said a comment. Or: "Oh my god you look lovely, I'm screaming in pink," and: "I'm living for this!" "U wore it better," said Usain Bolt declared.
After winning the Australian Open, Osaka said she was planning to celebrate by watching some anime and maybe eating pizza. Fans and celebrities shared how much they loved Osaka's new look it truly surpassed her character.
Over the course of her career, she has won seven WTA titles out of eleven played finals, four of which are Grand Slam tournaments: she boasts the victory of two US Open in 2018 and 2020 and two Australian Open in 2019 and 2021.
Following the first Australian success, on 28 January 2019 he also reached the first place in the world rankings for the first time. Naomi Ōsaka was the first ever Japanese athlete to win a Grand Slam title, the third in the Open Era to qualify for the WTA Finals in 2018 and the first Asian ever to reach the top of the WTA rankings.
In 2020 she was elected by Forbes magazine as the richest female athlete in the world, with 37.4 million dollars collected in 2019 in prizes and sponsorships, surpassing the record held by Maria Sharapova and ousting Serena Williams who occupied the apex for four years.
In the final ranking of the highest paid sportsmen, she occupies the twenty-ninth position, surpassed by the Big Three of men's tennis: Roger Federer (first), Novak Dokovic (twenty-third) and Rafael Nadal (twenty-seventh).