Naomi Osaka Wins Women’s 2018 US Open Championship over Serena Williams

Haitian-Japanse displayed poise and tremendous skill in winning her first Grand Slam tournament title

Naomi Osaka Wins Women's 2018 US Open Championship over Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka proudly displays 2018 US Open trophy – (US Open Tennis)

Naomi Osaka (大坂 なおみ)  won the 2018 US Open tennis championship on Saturday, September 8, 2018, when she defeated Serena Williams in the finals.

She is the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. She is now ranked 7th in the world according to The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings and $3.8 million richer.

Naomi Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, to a Japanese mother, Tamaki Osaka, and a Haitian father, Leonard  François. Naomi and her older sister Mari were given their mother’s maiden name when the family lived in Japan. Her father was born in Haiti and went to New York University before moving to Japan, where he met and married her mother. Naomi and Mari, who is also a professional tennis player, have played together in doubles tennis.

Osaka moved to the United States at the age of three with her family and currently resides in Florida. She graduated from Elmont Alden Terrace Primary and Broward Virtual High School. Her tennis club was the Harold Solomon Institute (Florida Tennis SBT Academy), ProWorld Tennis Academy. As Ōsaka has dual Japanese and American citizenship, her father made the decision to register her with the Japan Tennis Association when she began her career. She turned pro in September 2013.

Osaka is an aggressive, offensive baseline player. She is able to hit winners off both sides. She likes to attack with her big forehand, but she can plant her feet and rip her backhand for winners as well.  Naomi’s serve is consistent and very strong – up to 125 miles per hour (200 km/h) – and she can produce shots of varying spins and paces.

Naomi’s other WTA championship title was at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells where she defeated Daria Kasatkina, 6-3, 6-2 in the title match.

Naomi Osaka Wins Women's 2018 US Open Championship over Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka defeated her fellow 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina, 6-3, 6-2, on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open. (CreditCreditMark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

Osaka entered the 2018 season ranked 68, In the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, she beat former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the first round. She said afterward, “There are three people I wanted to play, Venus, Sharapova, and Serena. Now I’m just waiting to play Serena.”

She continued her good form with straight-set wins over 31st seed Agnieszka Radwańska and qualifier Sachia Vickery to advance to the fourth round, where she battled through three tough sets to overcome Maria Sakkari, thus advancing to her first Premier Mandatory tournament quarterfinal, where she upset former world No. 1 Karolína Plíšková in straight sets to advance to her first Premier Mandatory semifinal. She then beat world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets to advance to the biggest final of her career prior to the US Open. Osaka won BNP Paribas Open by defeating Russian 20th seed Daria Kasatkina in straight sets.

In March 2018, Osaka finally drew a spot against her idol, former world No. 1 Serena Williams, in the first round of the Miami Open. Osaka, ranked world No. 22, was unseeded, as was Williams, who was playing her fourth comeback match following the birth of her first child. Osaka won in straight sets. She then lost in the second round to fourth seed Elina Svitolina.  (Source) –

  Victory Route to 2018 U.S. Open Championship win

Noami hit harder and bigger than Serena in the first set, and showed off stellar defense in returning even the most smartly placed of Williams’ shots and defended her serve well, according to

There was a controversy at the game when Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire, assessed Williams a coaching violation after her coach motioned from the player’s box that she should go to the net more often. Serena got another code violation and was assessed a point penalty after Naomi broke her serve in the second set and Serena broke her racket by smashing it on the court.

Serena and the chair umpire were not enough to rattle Naomi who was focused on winning from the opening toss. Her poise and skill proved to be the winning combination.

Tennis has many tournaments in each season or year, but there are only four tournaments that mean the most to players who desire praise. The four Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open, the French Open, the Championships Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.

By Karl A. Haughton



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