NEW YORK, New York, USA (sentinel.ht) — Naomi Osaka, a 19-year old Haitian-Japanese tennis player, stunned the U.S. Open crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday when she defeated the defending champion,No. 6 seed Angelique Kerbe, in the opening round.
Most noted in articles is her poise and calm. No big celebration after taking a little over an hour to see Kerber defeated in a U.S. Open tournament that is wide open for any one.
The undefeated writes:
Defeat the defending champion in the opening round of a Grand Slam, and you’re allowed a moment. So Naomi Osaka of Japan would have gotten a pass had she tossed her racket, dropped to her knees or even moonwalked after her opening-round win over No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber in the US Open.
Watching Kerber hit a return into the net to end the match, the unseeded Osaka did none of the above. Void of any type of emotion, the 19-year-old Osaka walked calmly to the net after taking just over an hour to easily defeat Kerber, 6-3, 6-1, in front of an appreciative crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I felt relieved, especially since I was nervous on the last point,” said Osaka, who lives and trains in Florida with her Haitian father. “I was rarely happy because I grew up watching the greatest players play on that court, so to win a match on it felt really special.”