The Japanese star made a noteworthy revelation in a press conference about her girlhood days, where she used to watch matches of Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.
“I grew up watching Serena, Federer, and Nadal. It’s just more of a habit than anything. I feel like everyone in the tournament watches her like whenever I go to the locker room, there are always people just lounging around and stuff.”
Watching these great legends play was something that most of the youngsters have spent their time on. There is so much to learn from these players, like how they carry themselves on the court as well as off it.
A statement made by Osaka reflects her respect and admiration for the Champions of all time. Federer, Nadal, and Williams are the inspiration for all the upcoming tennis players. They positively influence and inspire a whole generation.
Osaka feels intimidated to see Serena in court
Osaka’s winning streak includes a US Open title in September for her third Grand Slam championship. Against Williams, her record is 2-1, but they have not played each other since 2019.
“She’s Serena,” Osaka said. “I feel really intimidated when I see her on the other side of the court.”
“Normally I never look at my draw, but everyone has told me about my draw here so I had no choice but to know why my next opponent is.
“It’s [the semi-final] definitely going to be really fun.”
Naomi Osaka reached the Semi-Finals of Australian Open 2021
The 2019 champion, Osaka was rarely tested by 35-year-old Hsieh and cruised to a routine 6-2, 6-2 win on Tuesday.
Osaka felt a newfound sense of calmness in the match after she overcomes Hsieh in straight sets.
Hence, she will now face Serena Williams in the upcoming Australian Open, women’s semi-final match on February 17.