Naomi Osaka Says She Does Not Have Regrets Over Serena Williams Action in The US Open Final
Naomi Osaka has revealed that Serena Williams’s actions with the umpire during the U.S. Open final had not affected her feelings about winning a Grand Slam largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react, the Japanese said on Thursday.
The 20-year-old melted hearts when she broke down sobbing after thrashing her idol 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion in New York last weekend.
“For me, I don’t feel sad because I wouldn’t even know what I’m expected to feel,” she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.
“Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot.
“I don’t think I even thought about feeling sad because there’s no experience for me to draw on (from) any other Grand Slam final.”