March 22, 2018: Naomi Osaka shocked the world yesterday in action when she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-3 6-2, at the 2017 Miami Open held at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.
During her on-court interview, she said:
“No, I was extremely nervous coming on to the court. I don’t know if anybody knows this, but Serena’s my favorite players. Just playing against her is kind of like a dream for me, so I’m very grateful that I was able to play her and it’s even better that I was able to win. I’m not really sure. I just kind of wanted to impress her, and I just wanted to make her say, ‘Come on!’ one time, and I think she did, so I’m really happy about that.”
Serena Williams has had a rough time of it returning to the court so quickly after giving birth. And while we all think that she is superwoman, the body can take up to a year to fully recover after giving birth – and that’s if there weren’t any complications. Williams almost lost her life during the delivery of her beautiful baby girl.
She left the match without speaking to the press but released the following statement.
“Every tournament is an opportunity for me to better understand the areas I need to improve to be my best. Naomi played a great match and I learn something each time I play. I look forward to continuing my return by progressing every day. I’m so grateful for my fans who continue to support me every step of this incredible journey.”