Naomi Osaka, the Japanese Tennis player won her first match in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Australia Open Champion, Naomi Osaka had earlier took a break from her sports this spring to focus on her mental health. In that case, her return on the tennis court was highly anticipated. This most awaited Olympic match was played on Sunday, where Naomi crashed defeated her opponent in her first match of Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Moreover, Naomi Osaka had recently been in the headlines because of her shoot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine 2021. Osaka glamoured the cover page of SI Swimsuit for this issue. Naomi Osaka created history this month after becoming the first athlete of color to get a feature on the iconic SI Swimsuit mag cover.
Naomi Osaka just conquered her first Tokyo Olympic match:
On Sunday, 25th July 2021, Alaska played her first Olympic match in which she had the glorious win. Naomi Osaka, who represents Japan defeated China’s Zheng Saisai from 6-1, 6-4. Osaka’s first win was against the player, who has been ranked 52nd in the list of the World’s top tennis players. The match was initially scheduled earlier. However, the match was pushed back after Osaka was honored to lit the Olympic cauldron on Friday night.
Naomi Osaka shared her “greatest athlete achievement and honor” on her social media handle. She took Instagram to share her biggest success to date. On Friday, a 23-year-old Japanese Tennis sensation was honored to lit the Olympic cauldron in the opening ceremony. She shared the iconic moments of the Friday night while lightening the Tokyo Olympics cauldron. Moreover, she also thanked and shared her feelings of being honored. Check out the full post of the iconic moment on Naomi Osaka’s Instagram here:
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In addition to her Instagram post, Naomi also talked about this biggest moment after her first win in the Olympics. While addressing the reporters, she recalled being surprised when she was called out to lit the Olympic cauldron. “When I lit the flame, I was super honored. I think that’s a position that you dream about and not anyone can do it. So, for me, when they asked me if I wanted to, I was very surprised but very honored. “
Naomi’s Big Return after her break from the sports:
In May 2021, the Australia Open Champion withdrew from Roland Garros or the French Opens. Her decision came after the French Open organizers pushed her back in the press conference. The 23-year old tennis player left the tournament mid-way saying that the media engagements are disturbing her mental well-being. Since then, Osaka was not active on her Tennis court. However, to everyone’s surprise, Naomi talked to the press after her big win in the Olympics. She said,“More than anything else, I’m just focused on playing tennis. The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid.”
Naomi Oaska is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion. She was born in Oaska, Japan, and her mother being Japanese while her father is Haitian. After reaching the age of 3, Oaska with her parents moved to Florida, USA. Since then, she was holding dual citizenship for both Japan and America. However, Naomi gave up her American citizenship ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2021. “It is a special feeling to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan. I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional.”
Naomi Osaka on her Sports Illustrated cover: “I’m so proud to be one of the first Japanese and Haitian women to grace one of the covers” pic.twitter.com/0dW1NAOWEK
— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) July 19, 2021
Recently, Naomi Oaska appeared on the cover page of the iconic SI Swimsuit magazine 2021. This issue, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit became more comprehensive and had all three females of the color on the cover pages. Oaska with this became the first Asian athlete to appear on the cover of SI Swimsuit. Along with Naomi Oaska, Leyna Bloom and Megan Thee Stallion also graced the cover page of SI Swimsuit.